2019 : police warns politicians against hate speech, thuggery

September 19th, 2018

From Onuminya Innocent, Sokoto

Sokoto state Commissioner of Police, Mr Murtala Mani, has warned politicians against hate speeches and engaging on destruction of opponents posters which breads violence in the society.

Mani made the warning on Tuesday in Sokoto at a political stakeholders meeting preparatory to ensure hitch free 2019 general elections.

He said it is mandatory for every political party to inform police on any meetings and processions for the safety and of public and party members.

He cautioned political supporters against going about with brandished dangerous weapons which is unlawful and can easily provoked others to behave the same way.

” 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)” Mani said.

Speaking also, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Sokoto, Mr Abubakar Sadiq, said no fewer than 242, 546 voters were registered in the concluded Continues Voters Registration (CVR) exercise in the state.

Sadiq said at present the state had about 1, 914, 414 registered voters, about 1, 559, 133 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were collected while about 98, 589 PVCs were still collected.

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

He called on party leaders and loyalists to abide by stipulated guidelines and pledged to ensure transparent 2019 elections as was conducted previously.

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

Danchadi also cautioned people against hate speeches and inciting commences and urged police to replicate such events at local government areas.

The Authority gathered that various political party representatives attended the gathering and assured to abide by the guidelines.

The event witnessed questions and answers as well as presentations of awareness publications on electoral matters and offences.

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