From Hafsat Adebayo, Bauchi
As Nigerians go to the polls today to elect the next President and members of the National Assembly, the police in Bauchi State have warned politicians planning to buy votes to have a rethink, warning that they and other security agents will deal with anyone caught buying votes.
This was contained in a press statement made available to journalists in Bauchi by the state police command Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kamal Abubakar Datti.
According to the police image maker, the command has credible intelligence that some politicians have perfected plans to buy votes as well as commit other electoral offences with a view to gaining advantage over their opponents.
“The Command has at its disposal credible intelligence that some politicians in the State have concluded plans to engage in vote buying and other electoral offences in order to gain advantage over their political opponents.
“The Command, therefore, calls on those politicians to have a rethink on that plan as the police and other security agents will be all out to deal with any person caught in that act according to the law,” the PPRO stated.
He, however, called on parents, traditional rulers, religious leaders, opinion leaders, guardians to prevail on their children, subjects, adherents and wards not allow themselves to be used to cause disturbance of public peace before, during or after the election.
DSP Datti warned that, “anybody arrested in the act will face the full wrath of the law.”
Meanwhile, the command has assured the people of the state that it has put in place adequate security measures and level playing ground for all political parties for peaceful conduct of the today’s Presidential/National Assembly elections election and the March 9 Gubernatorial/State House of Assembly elections across the 20 Local Government Areas in the state.
The PPRO stated that after due consultations, the command has placed the restriction orders: That there will be total restriction of movement of persons and vehicles between the midnight hour of Friday 22nd February, 2019 to 6:00pm on Saturday 23rd February, 2019.
The restriction, according to Datti, will also apply from the midnight hour of Friday 8th March, 2019 to 6:00pm on Saturday 9th March, 2019 for the two elections respectively, except personnel on essential duties who must carry their valid identification cards.
The statement noted that only eligible registered voters with valid Permanent Voters Card (PVC) will be allowed to vote and after voting must keep distance of at least 300 meters away from the polling unit.
“Furthermore, miscreants, thugs and disgruntled elements are barred from coming near accreditation centers and polling units as hoodlums caught fomenting trouble will be dealt with according to the law,” the PPRO stated.