The Lagos state police command has warned all political parties in the state to shun violence during and after the elections.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Alabi Abiodun, who convened the meeting with a theme: “Stakeholders Meeting on Election Security”, said it was important they had this meeting so as to rub minds on issues affecting the political parties in the state.
Alabi warned political thugs, cultists and other trouble makers not go near any polling booth to foment trouble as they would be visited with the full wrath of the law.
He said: “I want to advise political leaders here to go back home and warn their supporters that the police are fully ready to deal with anyone caught fomenting trouble in the state. I also want to warn that anybody who has no business at the polling unit should remain indoors or risk the wrath of the police.
“I equally want to warn politicians to play by the rules of the game as anybody caught on the contrary no matter how highly placed, will be visited by the law. Parents should equally warn their children to be law-abiding because we won’t listen to anybody when we arrest any trouble maker.
“Go back to tell your men and advice them to play the game according to the rules, because we are not going to spare anybody when they are caught. On the area of cultists that is what we are battling in Lagos, we want to assured you that no cultists or political thugs would be allowed in the state. We are going to ensure that no political parties’ supporters are intimidated in the state.“I am impressed with the way the political parties conducted themselves here, I also want you to do so during the election and after, we are not going to allowed anyone to compromise at the pooling until,” he said.
Lagos state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, who was represented by the Administrative Secretary, Mr. Adebisi Oladapo, said INEC was very ready for the election but pleaded that politicians should play by the rules of the elections.