As the governorship election in Kogi State gets underway today, the Police Friday said it had uncovered plots by some unknown persons to “smuggle in” thugs and ammunitions into the state.
The police, however, warned that it was on top of the situation and would deal ruthlessly with anyone, no matter how highly placed, who might attempt to disrupt the peace during and after Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operations, Leroy Sotonye, who disclosed this while briefing journalists in Lokoja, the state capital, also said reiterated the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase’s order that travelers passing through the state would be restricted, screened and properly searched in order to forestall breakdown of law and order during the poll.
Mr. Sotonye, however, urged travelers to either postpone their journeys, seek alternatives routes or go by flight in order to avoid the inconveniences that might be experienced on Election Day.
“If you know you are going to travel through Kogi State, you are advised to either postpone, suspend the trip, go by flight or take alternative routes because you will be stopped by the police”, he said.
“We have intelligence that some people are trying to smuggle in thugs and ammunitions and all sorts of things.
“You will be screened and searched. It will be a distraction to the police and we don’t want to be distracted”.
The police chief also warned politicians and troublemakers to stay away from polling units and election areas, saying “Our officers have been asked to use their phones to take pictures and videos of incidences so that such persons can be apprehended even after the election,” the police boss stated.
“If we cannot arrest the culprits immediately, we can use the pictures to arrest them after the election and provide evidences to the Election Petitions Tribunal”.
Mr. Sotonye also advised the electorate to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner before and after casting their votes, warning those who had no business with the elections, to stay at home.