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Primary Elections: We’ll deal with politicians who hire armed thugs–Kano Police

The Kano state police command has warned that it will not hesitate to severely deal with any politician found to hire the services of armed thugs to disrupt the ongoing primary elections in the state.
Issuing the warning on Sunday, spokesman to the command, SP Magaji Majia said the police are fully prepared to deploy “reasonable force” to ensure law and order throughout the political process up to the 2019 general elections.
“The Kano Police Command is issuing a stern warning especially to members of Political Parties in the State who are undergoing Primary Elections into various Posts that, information at our disposal is indicating that, some disgruntled politicians have hired the services of Political thugs armed with deadly weapons to perpetuate their goals at all cost,” the statement read.
“In the light of this, the Kano Police Command is reiterating on serious note a strict warning as we had deployed intelligence operatives, Mobile Policemen and Conventional Policemen to ensure the Elections are carried out peacefully. Policemen are lectured on handling of firearms as enshrined in Force Order 237.
The Command will employ all reasonable force in ensuring the protection of life and property and to ensure that the Elections are conducted in peaceful atmosphere as witnessed during the 2015 General Elections,” it added.
The police command also restated its commitment to free and fair elections in the state while also emphasizing neutrality in all its dealing with political stakeholders.
“We will adopt all conventional Laws and riot equipments if applicable to make sure that, the Elections including the forth-coming 2019 General Elections are free and peacefully conducted in the State.
“The Command will continue to uphold its fame before the citizens of Kano, Nigeria and the International Community by conducting free, fair, acceptable and peaceful election devoid of any bloodshed. We will protect democracy by squarely dealing with any person or group of persons who are out to foment trouble and breach of peace,” the command stressed.
“The Command will not relent in arresting any person that attempt to cause breach of peace including their sponsors. We advised electorates to take note of the following:-
  1. Only eligible members of Political Party will be allowed at the Polling Stations.
  2. No person should be seen carrying weapons or machetes at and around the Polling Stations.
  3. Parents and Guardians should warn their Children and Wards not to foment trouble at the Polling Station because any body found will be arrested and be dealt with according to the Law without fear or favour,” the statement concluded.

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