Ahead of the Saturday governorship election in Ekiti State, Police on Wednesday announced its plan to withdraw the security details attached to Very Important Personalities (VIPs) in the state.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations, Mr. Habilal Joshak, who stated this in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state said the planned withdrawal was to add credibility to the Ekiti governorship election scheduled to hold on July 14, 2018.
This came as some armed policemen on Wednesday morning sealed-off the access roads to both Ekiti Government Office and House preventing supporters of Governor Ayodele Fayose from entering.
Joshak said political rally by parties has been suspended indefinitely, saying only rally approved by the police will be allowed to hold until the election is held.
Addressing newsmen at the Police Command headquarters in Ado Ekiti he said they have contacted security details of Governor Ayodele Fayose and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi and other top government functionaries and have been ordered to report at 6am at the police headquarters in Ado Ekiti on Saturday.
The police boss disclosed that he will work with one Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Mr. H.H. Karma and three other Commissioners of Police; Ali Janga , J.B. Kokumo and G.B. Umar , who will man each of the senatorial districts in the state.
He said: “We won’t allow anybody to go to the polling booth with armed men, this is a breach of the Electoral Act.
“We have contacted them and they have to be here before election commences. This election must not be compromised. They will be documented and whoever defies this will be sanctioned, because they have been contacted”, he warned.
He urged the men and officers deployed in the state for the purpose of the election to display high level of professionalism by being neutral and impartial in the execution of their duties.
Joshak said any police officer found involving in unwholesome activities will be decisively dealt with by the Force.
“Those who want to create posts where votes are going to be bought will be disappointed. We are not going to allow it.
“If you cast your votes, you can keep a distance and protect your votes, but if you snatch the ballot we will cut off your hands, if you run with it, we will stop your legs.
“If you come out with masquerade on the day of election, we will get it arrested and unmask the man behind it.
“My men will be civil, so people are free to come out to vote. Nobody will be harassed, that is not part of our duties.
“Our duty is to secure not only the electoral materials but all the citizens. We are going to be professional and watchful, because we don’t want to be be-deviled with cases of hooliganism, ballot snatching and hate speeches before, during and after this election”, he said.
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