By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
Following governorship campaign kick-off, Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, has ordered the arrest of anyone found vandalising or defacing campaign posters or boards in the state.
Imohimi also summon all state Chairmen of all political parties in the state, their flag bearers, the Resident Electoral Commission (REC) and other stakeholders for a meeting ahead of 2019 election in the state.
The order was sequel to governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje’s complaint over removal and destruction of his campaign boards on Third Mainland Bridge and other locations in the state.
The commissioner, in a statement on Saturday by Police Public Relation Officer, Chike Oti, stressed that “there is no alternative to peace and the need for all political parties, their candidates and supporters to shun acts capable of breaching the public peace.”
He hinted that Agbaje raise the concern on poster vandalism when he complained that his campaign boards were vandalized and removed by unknown persons, saying, the complainant went further to post his concern on the social media alleging the vandalisation and removal of the aforementioned items.
“The Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti Yaba, should set up a monitoring team comprising the Command’s Riders unit, to daily monitor and arrest anybody seen vandalising or defacing campaign posters or boards.”
The Commissioner further has directed that invitation letters be sent to state Chairmen of all political parties in the state, their flag bearers, the INEC and other stakeholders for a meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 11am, at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA, Ikeja.
He said “constrained by limited manpower, there is no way the Command could post policemen to cover all campaign posters in the state but the much it can do, is to adopt the Aberdeen System in protecting campaign adverts and to solicit the cooperation of all and sundry in ensuring the maintenance of law and order”.