You’ll be shot before you use your arms, Police IG warns ahead of Kogi Elections


IGP, Mohammed Adamu
The Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu, has said security operatives on election duty in Kogi state would not hesitate to shoot on sight any unauthorised person attempting to use firearm in any part of the state during the electioneering process.
The IGP gave the warning in Lokoja on Tuesday during a stakeholders’ meeting and signing of peace accord among political parties and candidates, organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Adamu who spoke after the Chairman of the INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu had delivered his address, also warned police men on guard duties with politicians not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to perpetrate illegality on Election Day.

He warned that anyone caught roaming the street without proper authorisation would be arrested.

He also said the police wwere working with other security agencies and warned that the police would be on the lookout for those who would be out on the Election Day to either buy or sell votes.  He reminded the stakeholders that vote-buying was a criminal offense.

He, however, assured that the police would be professional, ready to provide a level playing ground for all parties and participants, adding that the police and other security operatives on election duty would protect all INEC and other election officials, as well as materials for the exercise, against attacks.

“Security agents are ready for this election. We pledge to be professional; we pledge to provide a level playing field to all participating parties. Every polling unit, INEC officials and materials, NYSC members and all that will be playing one role or the other shall be secured.

“While doing that, we will not tolerate people coming to buy or sell votes. Anyone caught will be arrested, kept out of circulation and be prosecuted. The collation centres will be protected so there will be no disruption.

“If you are armed, please report it to the police and surrender the arm now before it’s too late. If you are intending to use arms, be warned, if you are lucky, you will be arrested when you are sighted attempting to use it. If you are unlucky, you will be taken out before you succeed in using it,” the IGP warned.

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