Lagos LG Poll: Police Warn Against Violence, Vow to Enforce Restriction Order

Lagos LG Poll: Police Warn Against Violence, Vow to Enforce Restriction Order

  • Lagosians have been warned ahead of the coming Lagos state local government election on Saturday, July 24
  • The warning which was issued by the Lagos state police command harped on the issue of thuggery and electoral violence
  • Also, the police asked politicians to play by the rule because police officers will not accept any form of criminality

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A warning has been sent to Lagosians ahead of the Local Governments and Local Council Development Authorities’ elections in the state.

The warning was isued by the Lagos state Police Command on Friday, July 23. Specifically, the police waned against thuggery and electoral violence in the election.

The police also vowed to enforce the restriction of movement order earlier issued by the state government, Punch reports.

Lagos police warn against violence in LG election.
Lagos police vow to enforce restriction order as local government election holds. Photo: Damilare Okunola
Source: UGC

This was disclosed by the commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Premium Times added.

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The statement read in part:

“The Commissioner of Police warned politicians and their supporters, stakeholders and Lagosians to play the game according to the rules as the police and other security agencies deployed for the exercise will not condone any act of thuggery, hooliganism, electoral malpractices and criminality in any part of the state before, during and after the Local Government Councils elections."

Meanwhile, reported that as Lagos state holds its Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) elections, Yiaga Africa, has on Friday, July 23, released its pre-election environment observation.

According to the foremost non-profit and non-governmental organisation, observations have indicated that the election will not be without some issues.

Yiaga Africa’s observation shows a major huge communication gap between LASIEC, Civil Society Organizations and other election stakeholders.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the Lagos state government announced a restriction of movement from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, July 24, for the local government elections.

It was reported that the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) would conduct elections in the 20 LGAs and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos.

A statement by the commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, explained that the restriction would enable the conduct of hitch-free elections.


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