2019: Police ask political parties to submit campaign itinerary

2019: Police ask political parties to submit campaign itinerary

- The Lagos state police CP, Edgal Imohimi, has warned politicians in the state against violence

- Imohimi instructed the political parties to submit their campaign itineraries

- He explained that the move would enable the police to provide security coverage for campaigns

The Lagos state police command on Wednesday, December 4, ordered all political parties in the state to submit their campaign itineraries before embarking on any campaign.

The commissioner of police in the state, Edgal Imohimi, while addressing governorship aspirants and political leaders during a security stakeholders’ meeting, in Ikeja, explained that such would enable the police to provide security coverage for campaigns, The Punch reports.

He stated that the command had received intelligence about plans by some groups to cause trouble.

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Imohimi said: “If anybody runs afoul of the law, the law has prescribed relevant punishment. We intend to enforce the law to the letter.”

The CP said the command was investigating the pulling down of the campaign materials of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Jimi Agbaje. He urged members of the public to provide the police with credible evidence regarding the matter.

The general manager, Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Mobolaji Sanusi, advised political aspirants to approach the agency to seek approval before posting campaign materials so as to be properly guided.

The resident electoral commissioner, INEC, Sam Olumekun, said copies of registered voters and a compass of all the polling units in Lagos state would be provided to all political parties.

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Meanwhile, Jimi Agbaje on Saturday, December 1, alleged that his campaign billboards were damaged in the night of Friday, November 30.

The PDP's governorship candidate said on his Twitter page: “Early this morning, our boards were vandalized and removed just as campaign commenced. Some of our deployment staff were also threatened with violence and warned to desist.

“Fellow Lagosians, we must stand against this sort of tyranny. This is no ordinary election. This is a fight for freedom. A fight for Democracy. A fight for Lagos. We will not be silent and we will not be oppressed or suppressed into a corner. This time around, Democracy must win.”

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