Police Warn Against Electoral Violence During Lagos LG Polls

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The Lagos State Police Command has warned against electoral violence during the Local Government election in the state on Saturday.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosun, gave the warning in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Friday.

Odumosu vowed to enforce the restriction of movement order earlier issued by the state government.

The restriction order will last between 8am and 3pm across the state.

He also ordered that all Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission’s facilities, sensitive materials, polling units and collation centres must be adequately protected.

The statement added; ”The Commissioner of Police has also directed officers and men who have been detailed for the election duty to work hand in hand with other security operatives that are being incorporated into the security arrangements for the elections, and discharge their duties according to the Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police and extant electoral laws

“He warned politicians and their supporters, stakeholders and Lagosians to play the game according to the rules as the police and other security agencies deployed for the exercise will not condone any act of thuggery, hooliganism, electoral malpractices and criminality in any part of the state before, during and after the Local Government Councils elections.

”In addition, the Command has put measures in place to enforce the restriction of movement order across the state between the hours of 6am and 3pm on Saturday 24th July, 2021, with the exception of only those on election duty and essential services on the election day.

“The Commissioner of Police, therefore, assured the good people of Lagos State, LASIEC officials, candidates, accredited election observers and other actors in the elections of adequate security before, during and after the elections as the security architecture of the state has been fortified.”