Ekiti Election: Police Vow To Cut Off Hands And Legs Of Anyone Who Tamper With Ballot Boxes
Ahead of the gubernatorial election scheduled to hold today July 14 in Ekiti State, the Nigerian Police Force has vowed to ensure maximum security of ballot boxes.
The police have also threatened to yank off the hands and legs of anyone who tries to snatch or run away with a ballot box.
This threat was dished out by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Operations Mr Habilal Joshak, who has been ordered to ensure maximum security of lives and electoral materials.
Speaking on the duty of Police officers and what is expected of the electorates during the election, Joshak said, “If you cast your votes, you can keep a distance and protect your votes, but if you snatch the ballot, we will cut off your hands, if you run with it, we will stop your legs.”
“Our duty is to secure not only the electoral materials but also all the citizens, ” he added.
He further emphasised that security agents are going to ensure they comport themselves and carry out their duties according to the laid down rules of their individual agencies.
In his words, “We are going to be professional and watchful, because we don’t want to be bedevilled with cases of hooliganism, ballot snatching and hate speeches before, during and after this election.”
The police have also revealed that no security agent would accompany any political officer to the polling unit noting that such acts are against the rules of an electoral process. “We won’t allow anybody to go to the polling booth with armed men, this is a breach of the Electoral Act,” he said.
He also disclosed that the political office holders have been warned to comport themselves during and after the election.
In Joshak’s words, “We have contacted them and they have to be here before election commences. This election must not be compromised. They will be documented and whoever defies this will be sanctioned, because they have been contacted.”