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Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa: Katsina Commissioner of Police reads riot act to politicians

Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa: Katsina Commissioner of Police reads riot act to politicians

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Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa: Katsina Commissioner of Police reads riot act to politicians 

Katsina bye-election: Commissioner of Police sends serious warning to politicians 

The Katsina State Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Wakili, on Thursday warned against violence during Saturday’s by-election in Ingawa, Kusada/Kankia Federal Constituency.

The CP gave the warning during his meeting with all stakeholders ahead of the election.

At the meeting were security chiefs in the state, leaders of various political parties and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission from Abuja, Kano and from Katsina.

At the meeting, which lasted for almost four hours, the stakeholders agreed on a peaceful bye-election.

Wakili said, “This meeting is called to also stress that the police are neutral and non-partisan in all election matters. I assure you, we will maintain that stand.

“Do not support or encourage political thuggery. Section 94(2) of the Electoral Act states that: ‘A person who, while present at a political rally, procession or voting centre, has with him any offensive weapon or missile otherwise in pursuance of a lawful duty commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of N2,000,000 or imprisonment for a term of a two years or both.’

A national commissioner of INEC from Abuja, Festus Okoye, warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes or voter cards on the election day to have a rethink.

He also said that the voter cards to be used in each of the local government areas during the election had been customised.

He said, “We have everything in place to have a successful election. Apart from me, the Kano REC will also be here alongside the Katsina State REC. Also, we would have senior officers from our Abuja headquarters in Katsina for the exercise.

We don’t envisage any problem. I will appeal to party leaders and the contestants not to send illiterate party agents to the voting centres.”

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