The chief of Army staff, Kenneth Minimah has warned against violence during the elections. He vowed that ‘whoever wants to provoke violence will meet organised violence waiting for him’. He appealed to voters to go about their peaceful business as they are assured of protection. He advised trouble makers to steer clear of the elections. He assured that the military and other security agencies are ready to provide security for the general elections.
In another development, the assistant inspector general of police, AIG, zone 2 in charge of Lagos and Ogun, Joseph Mbu has warned politicians and others who want to cause trouble by hiring thugs and hoodlums to steer clear of the zone.
He gave the warning at the meeting with commissioners of police and their deputies under his command in Lagos. He warned that anyone that is involved in violence will face the wrath of the law.
According to him, ‘anybody found with dangerous weapons and firearms, cutlass, axe or anything that can cause injury to a person will be demobilised and such weapons forcefully recover from them.’
He warned that it is a serious offence for anyone to snatch ballot boxes or card readers and whoever tries it will meet his waterloo.
He further said,’ any political thug or group financing anyone for the purpose of election violence should have a rethink because we are not going to take it lightly with such people. We will not spare them and their sponsors.’
He also said that there are enough security personnel’s to man the elections and any politicians inciting their followers against others stressing that no candidate would be allowed to use siren, arms and guards to polling units on election day. He advised the media to support the process to ensure peace and security.
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‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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