Murtala Mani, the Commissioner of Police in Sokoto State, has warned politicians and their supporters against destroying campaign billboards and any act capable of triggering violence.
Mani, who gave the warning at a stakeholders meeting ahead of the 2019 general elections in the state, also warned against hate speeches and illegal assembly.
He stressed that political parties must inform the police of any meeting or procession, to ensure the safety of the general public. The police commissioner said the police would deal with anyone caught with offensive weapons.
” 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.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Abubakar Sadiq, said not less than 242, 546 new voters were registered during the recently concluded Continuous Voters Registration, CVR, exercise.
Sadiq revealed that the state now has 1, 914, 414 registered voters, but added that 98, 589 Permanent Voter Card, PVCs, had not been collected by their owners.
He added that the commission would subject the total figure of registered voters in the state to appropriate scrutiny, to arrive at the right figure.
The REC urged party leaders and loyalists to abide by INEC guidelines to ensure transparent and credible elections in 2019.
Earlier, Maude Danchadi, the state Director of National Orientation Agency, described the meeting as timely and encouraged politicians to shun violence, hate speeches and inciting comments.