Police will not condone ballot box snatching ahead of elections


The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operation, AbdulMajeed Ali, has warned those planning to snatch ballot boxes during Saturday’s elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States to have a rethink as the police will not condone such behaviour.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, Ali, who is overseeing the Kogi elections said the Inspector General had deployed enough personnel to adequately police the state and deal with any eventuality during the election.

He said the force had undertaken a security threat assessment in both Kogi and Bayelsa States and have identified possible risks, located trouble spots, and classified individuals and groups that could constitute security challenges to the process.

The DIG said the police were determined to create an environment that is secure and peaceful enough to give confidence to the political actors to undertake their campaigns and other political activities and for the citizens to freely exercise their electoral franchise.

DIG Ali gave out telephone lines that can be useful.

He said for any complaints, members of the public were urged to reach the Kogi State’s Joint Operation Room on 08066002020, 08065948693 and 08151532944; and Bayelsa State’s Joint Operation Room on 07034578208 and 09055555803.”