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Edo/Ondo Polls: Thugs Are Being Deployed, Armed By Politicians - IGP

 



The alarm has been raise concerning the ongoing arming and movement of thugs by politicians in preparation for the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.


The alarm was raised by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.


Barring any last minute change, the governorship elections are scheduled to hold on September 19 and October 10, 2020, respectively.


But making reference to the Election Security Threat Assessment Reports submitted by the Commissioners of Police from both states in a meeting held on August 25, 2020, the IGP also raised the concern over the use of inciting statements during political campaigns.


The IGP said: "The report also identified a high likelihood of violence and possible cross-attack by political opponents as well as misinformation and disinformation “aimed at heating-up the polity and deliberate efforts at delegitimising government institutions involved in the electoral processes.


“The Election Security Threat Analysis reveals amongst other indicators: arming and movement of political thugs, use of inciting statements during political campaigns, high likelihood of violence and possible cross attack by political opponents, misinformation/disinformation aimed at heating-up of the polity and deliberate efforts at delegitimizing government institutions involved in the electoral processes.”


In a statement issued by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, on Sunday (today), the IGP, who warned politicians and their supporters to conduct themselves properly, play by the rules, and steer clear of tendencies capable of undermining the electoral process in the two states.


The statement captioned, ‘Conduct yourselves and play by the rules: IGP warns Edo and Ondo politicians,’ however revealed that: " Following this development, the IG ordered the commissioners of police in the two states to rejig their preparations for the elections and address the threats and emerging trends as contained in the security report.


“The IGP, however, warns the politicians and their supporters in Edo and Ondo that the Force would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on anyone or group, irrespective of status, that may want to sabotage the security arrangement being emplaced for the elections.”


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