Election: Police warn private security outfits to steer clear

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The Commissioner of Police in Bauchi State, Mr Ali Janga, has warned all quasi security agencies to keep off polling stations and units across the state during the Saturday Governorship/House of Assembly elections.

Janga gave the warning while addressing newsmen on the command’s level of preparation for the command for elections in Bauchi on Friday.

He said all unauthorised security personnel would not be allowed at the polling units and they were advised to stay away.

“It’s statutory that only security agencies recognised by law will be allowed for the election.

“Hence all quasi security agencies, vigilante and hunters are to stay away from the entire elections process,” he said.

The commissioner said the command would not hesitate to deal ruthlessly with anyone who breached peace or disrupted election in the state.

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He said that all important personalities and politicians were barred from going to poling units with their security details.

Janga said that there would be restriction of movement of persons and vehicles between the midnight of Friday and 6:00 pm on Saturday with the exception of those on essential duties.

He called on the members of the public to come out en mass and cast their votes on Saturday without fear of intimidation from any person or group of persons.

He said that the police and other security agencies would deal with miscreants and political thugs that might attempt to cause trouble during the election

The commissioner assured the people of adequate security and level playing ground for all political parties.

He appealed to parents, traditional and religious leaders, opinion leaders and guardians not to allow their children, wards and subjects to be used by politicians in breaching public peace.

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