The Police in Lagos State has promised to provide adequate security before, during, and after the local government elections scheduled to hold Saturday.
The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, disclosed this on Friday in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Odumosu had on Friday met with Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Squadron/ Tactical Units leaders for hitch-free elections.
The police boss said that directives were given to the officers and men to ensure that all Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission’s facilities, sensitive materials, polling units, and collation centers were adequately protected.
“Officers and men who had been detailed for the election duty must work hand in hand with other security operatives that are being incorporated into the security arrangements for the elections.
“The officers and men must discharge their duties according to the Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police and extant electoral laws,” he said.
Mr Odumosu, however, warned politicians and their supporters, and residents of the state to play the game according to the rules.
He said the police and other security agencies deployed for the exercise would not condone any act of thuggery, hooliganism, electoral malpractices, and criminality in any part of the state before, during, and after the councils’ elections.
The commissioner said that the command had put measures in place to enforce the restriction of movement across the state between the hours of 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.
“We assure the good people of Lagos State, LASIEC officials, candidates, accredited election observers, and other actors in the election of adequate security before, during and after the elections,” Mr Odumosu said.