Ahead of the state Local Government election slated on Saturday, 29th August 2020, the Ebonyi State Police Command says it is geared up with stringent measures to ensure that the election in the 13 local government area of the state is free from rigging and violence.
This was contained in a statement signed by the commissioner of Police, CP Philip Sule Maku and made available to THE VOICE NEWSPAPER in Abakaliki.
He noted the readiness of the command to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure zero tolerance on Electoral malpractices, saying that there will be restriction of vehicular movement from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
CP Maku however, urged the citizens of the state to come out in mass and exercise their civic responsibility by voting a candidate of their choice without fear of intimidation or any form of molestation, adding that Nigeria Police Force is poised to sustain the existing peace in Ebonyi State.
It reads in part: “The Police in active collaboration with other security agencies will work tirelessly to provide adequate security for the smooth and peaceful conduct of 2020 Local Government Council Elections, come Saturday 29th August, 2020.
“We warn mischief makers that the Command will not tolerate any form of electoral malpractice, act of thuggery and other such sundry crimes associated with the electioneering process.
He noted that the peace archived so far in Ebonyi is laudable and that the Command will remain deeply committed to protect it.
“We warn Criminals who have been displaced from Ebonyi to steer clear as any attempt to re-enter Ebonyi will be met with fire and fury.
“There will be restriction of vehicular movement from 8:00am to 3:00pm except for those on essential duties to ensure hitch free elections.
The commissioner also called on citizens of the state to be law abiding before, during and after the elections, and tasked them to call the Police if any breach of law and order is noticed in any part of the State.