P olice To Go Tough With Trouble-Makers

BY ANDY AKENI
Ahead of today’s gubernatorial and house of assembly elections, Delta State Police Command says it will go tough with any political thug who may want to attempt to commit electoral fraud and breach of peace in any part of the state during elections.
To this end, the command has warned those who don’t have anything to do in polling unit areas to steer clear or face severe sanctions from security officers detailed for the elections.
The position of the command was handed down yesterday, by the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Alkali Baba Usman, during a meeting of security chiefs with other stakeholders in the electoral process held in Asaba.
The police boss also said that there will be restriction of movement in other to check the activities of political thugs and miscreants who may want to cause breach of the law or commit electoral fraud, but added that those on essential duties will be allow after identifying themselves with valid identity card.
While saying that security men have been briefed to deal decisively with anybody who wants to constitute nuisance to the conduct of the elections, Mr. Usman the command will not tolerate the breach of the law by anybody no matter how highly or lowly placed in society.
According to him “we are assuring the good people of the state, that adequate security had been put in place for smooth conduct of the elections, our officers have been detailed to be in every polling nuit with others patrolling the nooks and crannies of the state”
As I am talking to you, our officers and men have been on red alert to nip in the bud anything that might cause breach of peace and as you may know over 70 persons were arrested during the presidential elections and they are presently facing the wrath of the law, he said.
While assuring Deltans that the command will perform its statutory duties of protecting lives and property, he warned those who don’t have PVCs or don’t have anything to do in polling units to stay clear of face severe sanctions. He called for support from all for successful elections.