Bauchi State Police Command has called on parents, traditional rulers, religious leaders, opinion leaders and guardians to prevail on their children, subjects, adherents and wards not to allow themselves to be used to cause disturbance of public peace before, during and after tomorrow’s presidential and National Assembly elections warning that “anybody arrested in the act will face the full wrath of the law”.
The Command in a press release signed and issued by the PPRO, DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar further said that “miscreants, thugs and disgruntled elements are barred from coming near accreditation centres and polling units as hoodlums caught fomenting trouble will be dealt with according to the law”.
The release further contained that “the Command has at its disposal credible intelligence that, some politicians in the State have concluded plans to engage in vote buying and other electoral offences in order to gain an advantage over their political opponents. The Command, therefore, calls on those politicians to have a rethink on that plan as the police and other security agents will be all out to deal with any person caught in that act according to the law”.
Consequent upon this, the Command warned that ” only eligible registered Voters with valid Permanent Voters Card (PVC) will be allowed to vote and after voting must keep the distance of at least 300 meters away from the polling unit”.
The Command however assured the general public that it has put in place adequate security measures and a level playing ground for all political parties for peaceful conduct of the general elections scheduled for Saturday 23/02/2019 for Presidential/National Assembly election and Saturday 09/03/2019 for Gubernatorial/State House of Assembly election across the Twenty (20) Local Government Areas in the State.
The Command equally informed the general public that, after due consultation with relevant stakeholders superintending over the election, it has placed the following restriction orders, “That there will be total restriction of movement of persons and vehicles between the midnight hour of Friday 22nd February, 2019 to 6:00pm on Saturday 23rd February, 2019 and also from the midnight hour of Friday 8th March, 2019 to 6:00pm on Saturday 9th March, 2019 for the two elections respectively, except personnel on essential duties who must carry their valid identification card”.