The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, has warned politicians against the malicious destruction, defacing or removal of posters and billboards of political opponents in the state.
The police commissioner, in a statement issued by the police public relations officer (PPRO), DSP Odiko MacDon, urged politicians and stakeholders in the state to caution their supporters against such act.
“This is a criminal and electoral offence. For the avoidance of doubt, the Command has put in place mechanisms to identify and prosecute those involved in such criminal acts.
“Henceforth, anyone caught removing, defacing or destroying campaign posters or bill boards of their political opponents or those found breaching any part of the Electoral Law will be apprehended and prosecuted in accordance with extant Laws.” the commissioner stressed.
The state police boss tasked stakeholders to eschew politics of bitterness, hate speeches and anything that would overheat the polity or threaten the conduct of the 2019 general elections in the state.
The Command, he said, would not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone caught in any act that is likely to cause a breach of the peace being enjoyed by people of the state.
He assured the people of Akwa Ibom State of their continued security, before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
Some billboards having the pictures of Governor Udom Emmanuel along the Airport road were yesterday, found to have been destroyed by unknown political thugs. Those behind the criminal act are yet to be identified.