Kwara Police Bans Vigilante Groups On Election Days
The Commissioner of Police in Kwara, Bashir Makama, says no vigilante group would be allowed on the streets on election days.
This was one of the biggest stories on Thursday when he attended the “stakeholders’ meeting” organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“On election, I don’t want to see any vigilante member in uniform parading the streets in Kwara,’’ he said.
The commissioner also warned politicians not to wear or put on any insignia of a political party on election day.
According to Makama, any politician caught will face the wrath of the law.
“Canvassing and soliciting for votes and wearing of a party insignia in polling areas will not be allowed,” he said.
The commissioner further warned politicians to caution their supporters against violence on election day.
“Any political thug arrested on election day would be made to face the music with their sponsors,” Makama said.
Makama gave an assurance that the police would provide adequate personnel to accompany INEC staff and sensitive materials to voting and collation centres.
He also said offering food to voters at polling centres would not be allowed as this would amount to inducement.
The NYSC Coordinator in Kwara, Mrs Esther Kupolati, assured the people of the readiness of the corps to participate fully in the elections.
The IPAC Chairman in the state, Abdulmumuni Onagun, pledged the support of all political parties to the success of the elections.
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