Police warn politicians against hate speech, violence

September 18th, 2018

From Onuminya Innocent, Sokoto

Sokoto State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani, has warned politicians against resorting to hate speeches and the destruction of the opponents’ posters to avoid violence in the society.

Mani gave the warning on Tuesday in Sokoto at a political stakeholders’ meeting preparatory to achieving hitch-free general elections in 2019.

He said that it is mandatory for the political parties to inform police of their meetings and processions for the safety and of the public and party members.

The police chief also cautioned party supporters against carrying dangerous weapons because it is unlawful and could provoke others to behave the same way.

Mani said:  “I urge all the political stakeholders within the state to play the game with decency, understanding and in accordance with the provision of the laws of the land and guidelines of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Sokoto, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq, said that 242,546 voters were registered in the just-concluded Continued Voters Registration (CVR) exercise in the state.

Sadiq said that at present the state has about 1,914, 414 registered voters, about 1,559,133 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were collected while about 98,589 PVCs were uncollected.

He said that the figures would be subjected to INEC business rules to come out with right figures soon.

Sadiq also called on party leaders and their loyalists to abide by electoral guidelines and pledged to ensure transparent 2019 elections in the state.

The state Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Alhaji Maude Danchadi, described the meeting as timely and encouraged party officials and loyalists to shun all forms of violence.

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