The Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohimi, has summoned the governorship candidates of all the political parties taking part in the 2019 elections in the state and the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission to a meeting on December 5, 2018.
The decision to convene the meeting was sequel to the alarm raised on Saturday by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Jimi Agbaje, of threat to the lives of his staff and destruction of his campaign boards by political thugs.
Imohimi, in a statement by the spokesman of the Command, Chile Oti, said there was the need to reemphasise the need by politicians to play by the rules.
He said Agbaje had before making the issue of the destruction of his board pubic via the social media informed him of the development.
The statement said Imohimi had directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba to set up a monitoring team comprising the Command’s Riders unit to daily monitor and arrest anybody seen vandalising or defacing campaign posters or boards.
In addition to this will be the meeting by the CP with the big wigs of the political parties and the INEC on December 5, 2018 at 11am at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA, Ikeja.
Oti said the meeting is to further drive home the fact that there is no alternative to peace and the need for all political parties, their candidates and supporters to shun acts capable of breaching the public peace.
He quoted Imohimi as having said: “Constrained by limited manpower, there is no way the Command could post policemen to cover all campaign posters in the state but the much it can do, is to adopt the Aberdeen System in protecting campaign adverts and to solicit the cooperation of all and sundry in ensuring the maintenance of law and order.”