Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Police yesterday reeled out its riot act ahead of Saturday’s State House of Assembly Elections in the state. The command also paraded some suspected cultists and recovered some exhibits ranging from cocaine substance hidden in a mobile phone and other items.
Briefing newsmen at the command headquarters Amawbia during the parade of the hoodlums, the state police commissioner Mr. Rabiu Ladodo stated that the command would continue to clamp down on enemies of peace in the state. He said the command would deploy more personnel for Saturday’s elections so as to forestall breach of public peace and also guarantee a tranquil atmosphere for the conduct of the elections.
According to Ladodo, there would also be inter-agency patrol as the police would function alongside other security agencies to protect the electoral process from possible aggressions. The police commissioner maintained that the four thousand six hundred and eight polling units across the state would be effectively combed by the police and other sister security agencies.
He said the command would leave no stone unturned in the implementation of the IGP’s directives on banning of unauthorized use of unmarked cum covered vehicle number plates pointing out that covering of plate numbers was tantamount to a breach of the Road Traffic Act and other relevant laws of the land.
The police boss however assured the electorate in the state that Anambra would continue to remain the safest state through their relentless cooperation and support.
He equally sought the platform of the press conference to warn mischief makers, ballot box snatchers and their sponsors, political thugs and other disgruntled elements to have a second thought and desist from causing mayhem. He stressed that any person apprehended would be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the law, no matter how highly placed they are.
The police commissioner therefore craved the indulgence of the citizenry to come out en masse to exercise their franchise without any hinderance as the law enforcement agents were fully prepared to ensure safety and security before, during and after the polls on Saturday.