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IG bans neighbourhood watch groups in Edo

12 July 2012, 15:21

Edo - The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has banned the operation of Edo Neighbourhood Watch committee during the April 14, governorship election.

The IG's directive followed the warning issued by the Chairman of the committee, Maj-Gen. Charles Omoregie’s (rtd), that it would deal with electoral offenders.

Abubakar told stakeholders in Benin that the committee is not permitted to function during the governorship election on Saturday.

He said that the police and other security agencies have been mobilised to ensure a hitch free election.

The IG appreciated the complimentary role of the group in securing the state but said it would not be allowed to operate during the election.

Omoregie had issued a statement warning against electoral fraud and violence in the July 14 election.

``In view of the July 14 governorship election in Edo State, the Edo State Neighbourhood Watch wishes to advise members of the public to refrain from acts and activities that could jeopardise the smooth conduct of the election.

``This advice has become imperative because of the strategic importance of peace to our nascent democracy.

 ``For the avoidance of doubt, anyone caught perpetrating violence during and after the election will be made to face the full wrath of the law,’’ Omoregie said in the statement.



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