Tony Okafor and Olaide Oyelade
The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mustapha Dandaura, on Monday asked politicians in the state to comport themselves appropriately in the Saturday election or face the wrath of the law.
Dandaura, who assumed office on Monday, gave the warning at a press conference at the command’s headquarters in Amawbia, near Awka, the state capital.
He said the command would deal decisively with those who might want to foment trouble during the poll.
Dandaura assured the people of the state of a level playing field, stressing that he had no preferred candidate in the election.
He said, “I’m warning those planning to foment trouble during the election to steer clear or be dealt with decisively.
“I’m not in Anambra to support any candidate or political party. The Nigeria Police in the state will remain neutral and focused.
“No political thug will be allowed access to the venue of the election. I warn all politicians that the election day is not a rally or campaign day.
“I want to assure the people of the state that we are going to oversee a free, fair and credible poll. Those who want to disrupt the exercise will be decisively dealt with.
“I also assure you that during my tenure, the state will be one of the safest states in the country.”
Meanwhile, the new Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Sanusi Buba, on Monday, assured voters of their safety during the presidential and National Assembly elections.
Buba told journalists shortly before addressing his officers at the command headquarters, Katsina, that there were adequate men on the ground for the election.
He added that the command’s zonal headquarters would also be sending additional personnel to ensure safety of people before, during and after the election.
He said, “The electorate should feel free to come out and vote on the election day. We assure them of their safety. Security will be tight but we assure the electorate of their safety.
“As you are aware, no politician is allowed to move around or go to the polling centres with police or security personnel. Any policemen seen or caught moving about with politicians on the election day will be dealt with. We have already removed policemen attached to politicians.”
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