Wait After Casting Votes, Says Kwara APC
THE Director-General of All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Organisation in Kwara State, Razak Atunwa, has decried the statement credited to the Inspector General of Police that voters should leave polling booths after casting votes.
Atunwa, who is also the Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, said, “it is null and void, and of no effect. Speaking as a constitution lawyer, the law permits you to remain within the vicinity of the polling booths, even after casting your votes. In as much as you have your PVC, you are entitled to be at that polling unit without time limit. The police boss, I am afraid, got it wrong. I stand with the Chairman of INEC Professor Attahiru Jega on this matter.”
Meanwhile, the Niger State Police Command has said it is fully ready to provide adequate security for the election. Speaking in Minna at the passing out ceremony of 184 officers and men of the command specially trained in combat operations for the forthcoming election at the weekend, the Commissioner of Police, Olusola Amore, said the police is fully prepared for the election.
The officers and men, who are drawn from all the police divisions in the state, were trained in new operational tactics, which include, counter terrorism operations, kidnap rescue operations and quelling of riots and civil disturbances. The police commissioner disclosed that the men were trained specially to provide security for the elections, and therefore, warned that the police would not entertain any act of violence from any political thug, godfather or miscreant.
“Our men are ready for the election. They have been well groomed to meet up with the security suituation in the state during the election period. “We are warning all miscreants, political warlords and thugs who think they can disrupt the elections that we are ready for them. We have a special brand of police to take care of the election.”
While assuring the personnels that all their allowances and entitlement for the election would be paid to them before leaving for their duty post, the police boss warned them that they would be fully responsible for any act of violence wherever they are posted for the election duties.
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