A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lokoja - Kogi Police Command said on Monday that it
had placed certain categories of
politicians in the state under surveillance, as part of efforts to ensure
peaceful conduct of April 11 elections.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Shola Adebayo
who announced this to newsmen in Lokoja, said that the move was in response to
reports reaching the police that some politicians were planning to attack INEC
staff on the day of the election.
He said that the police had since closely monitored
activities of politicians with a view to curtailing their excesses before,
during and after the elections.
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Adebayo said that the state Police Commissioner, Mr Adeyemi
Ogunjemilusi, had already held a meeting with leaders of political parties on
He said they were all advised against embarking on any
action that might breach the peace of the state.
" The commissioner has warned all of them to abide by
the peace accord they signed before the election,'' he said.
He said that the commissioner had directed all police
formations in the state to deal decisively with any act of violence, saying
that any politician caught formenting trouble would have himself to blame.
While assuring that the police had put in place strategies
to achieve peace before, during and after the elections, Adebayo listed
Ayangba, Aiyetoro-Gbede, Odolu, Ebiya
and Ajaka as some of the crisis prone areas.