Maiyaki Baba, Commissioner of Police, Nasarawa State Command.

Cecilia Onah, Lafia

The Nasarawa State Police command has said some desperate politicians who are not confident of winning the March 18, 2023 elections, have concluded plans to import political thugs into four Local Government Areas of the state to eliminate the chances of their contenders in those areas.

In a statement made available to Journalists in Lafia on Friday, the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ramhan Nansel, mentioned the LGAs to include Nasarawa Eggon, Akwanga, Toto and Kokona.

The statement reads, “It has come to the knowledge of the Nasarawa State Police Command that, some desperate group of politicians in their bid to truncate the electoral process in the State have resorted to importing political thugs into some Local governments such as Nasarawa Eggon, Akwanga, Toto and Kokona.

“In view of the forgoing, the command is using this medium to warn all politicians who are nursing the idea of disrupting the electoral process or contravene the Electoral Act, 2022 to stay away from such and allow the electoral process to be carried out under a peaceful atmosphere.

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“The command will use all necessary forces and do everything within its operational guidelines in synergy with all security agencies in the State to deal ruthlessly or subdue any act, that is capable of rupturing the polls come March 18, 2023.

“Furthermore, members of the public and all political parties are to note that, there will be restriction of movement from 12 mid-night of March 17, 2023 to 6:00pm of March 18, 2023.

“Take note also, that accredited observers, journalists, security agents and one accredited political party agent each from all registered political parties would be allowed entrance in all collation centres across the State.”

Nansel assured that the Commissioner of Police, Maiyaki Baba, was working round the clock to ensure that the elections are peaceful, and urged members of the public to go out en masse to vote for their preferred candidates without any fear of intimidation.

While advising parents to warn their wards to stay away from any illegality during the polls, the PPRO added that anyone found wanting no matter how highly placed in the society, will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.