Edo LG polls: Police warn against thuggery


BENIN — AHEAD of this weekend’s local government elections in Edo State, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo, has warned politicians in the state against engaging thugs and resorting to other foul means during the elections, saying that police would deal ruthlessly with those who would do anything to disrupt the polls.

He warned that the ugly incident in Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area, during which two persons were killed and property worth millions of naira destroyed, should not be allowed to happen again.

The commissioner gave the warning while briefing journalists. He also paraded four suspects, arrested for various offences by operatives of the command from different parts of the state.

He said that all police Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers had been given instructions, insisting that the police would not tolerate any attempt by individuals or groups to disrupt the forthcoming elections in the state.

He said politicians and their members will be held accountable for violent acts that may lead to violence in any part of the three senatorial districts.

He said: “Nobody should encourage thuggery in any part of Edo State. It will not be allowed and we will not take it.”

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