Benue Supplementary Elections: Police warn of dire consequences

Aloysius Umalo, Makurdi


The Police have warned political actors of dire consequences against breaching the electoral guidelines ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and State House of Assembly supplementary elections in Benue State, North Central Nigeria.

Commissioner of Police in-charge of elections in Benue State, Mr. Umar Muri gave the warning while briefing Journalists on the preparedness of the focre to ensure a hitch free rerun.

“There shall be no compromise during the process,” CP Muri assures.

He says sufficient security personnel have been deployed to curtail any upraising and to ensure peaceful conduct of the rerun elections in Benue State.

CP Muri says all flash points within the State had been fortified with adequate patrol teams to protect electorates, electoral materials and INEC Staff.

The CP warned violators of the electoral process to steer clear from venues of the exercise even as he urged parents to caution their children against misconduct.

Mr. Muri urged the electorates to come out and vote without fear of harassment or intimidation noting that the police will continue to remain apolitical throughout the electoral process.

The Command calls on parents, religious leaders and traditional rulers, to prevail on their children and subjects not to allow them to be used to disrupt the electoral process.

“Let me quickly warn all intending violators of electoral process of severe consequences, the command has resolved to strategically deploy personnel that will deal with them accordingly,” Muri warned.

The Police Commissioner charged the people of the State to be law abiding and cooperate with security personnel deployed to ensure a hitch free electoral process.