TRACKING >> Lagos State Police Commissioner, Zubairu Muazu, yesterday said the command had doubled security especially in areas identified as flash points and the waterways ahead of Governorship and Houses of Assembly Elections.
Muazu also said armed security operatives would be stationed at closest locations to polling units in order to forestall disruption of voting process as was witnessed during the Presidential and National Assembly elections at Okota and other areas.
The commissioner spoke while briefing journalists at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja, on security arrangement for the Governorship and state House of Assembly elections.
He said: “I assure voters of their security on Election Day. I urge them to come out and vote candidates of their choice. Miscreants who disrupted elections during the Presidential and National Assembly elections are currently being prosecuted.
“It is insinuated that certain ethnic nationalities are deliberately denied or prevented from voting for political reasons or to enhance the fortunes of a particular political party. Let me categorically state here that those attacks were planned and orchestrated by miscreants, most of whom have been apprehended and are facing prosecution.
“Let me re-emphasise that Lagos State is peaceful and Lagosians are peace-loving people. There is no ethnic group or community under threat in any part of the state. We have reviewed and redoubled our strategies to ensure a peaceful conduct of the Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections come March 9. Our surveillance and patrols are intensified, especially identified flash points.
“I am using this medium to call on Lagos residents to go about their lawful businesses and to continue to support the police by being vigilant and report any suspicious movement or persons throughout emergency numbers so that we can serve them better.
“I use this medium to warn people who sit in their homes, offices and generate fake news which they circulate on social media deliberately to fan the ember of hate among the various peace-loving entities in Lagos State. They should desist from this act or be ready to face the wrath of the law.
“I want to reassure the good people of Lagos State that the police, in collaboration with other security agencies, are working round the clock to ensure their safety and security. They should come out en masse to cast their votes to the candidates of their choice as their security is fully guaranteed.”
Muazu denied claims that the alleged ballot box-snatcher at Okota, Demola, escaped from the hospital, insisting that the suspect and nine others held for electoral offences in that axis had been sent to Abuja as directed by the acting Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu.
He added: “It is untrue that Demola fled from the hospital. While he was being treated, he was granted administrative bail based on doctor’s recommendation that he was not fit enough to stand trial. But he has since returned to us and has been transferred to Abuja with others arrested for electoral offences. They are being centrally prosecuted.”