Disrupt polls, prepare to die – Police warn


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The Nigeria Police Force has warned anyone planning to disrupt the conduct of Saturday’s governorship and state house of assembly elections to prepare to die.

According to the police, criminals and non-state agents that would not allow the people cast their vote and choose who they want to represent them must have a rethink.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the South-East, DIG John Amadi, said this on Thursday.

He urged residents to entertain no fear and turn out to vote without fear of molestation.

“The police are there to protect the system.

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“Anybody that wants to put himself into problem or [get] involved in thuggery would have himself to blame. Anybody that wants to snatch ballot boxes or disrupt the elections will be promptly dealt with.

“We have deployed our men to dominate all the areas that we think that trouble would erupt from. So we are sounding a note of warning to criminals and non-state agents that we would not tolerate anything that would not allow the people cast their vote and chose who they want to represent them.

“Anybody that wants to disrupt the system should be ready to die and anybody that wants to die should come out and disrupt the system. If you love your life keep away, cast your vote, go home and wait for the result,” Amadi said.

He urged the electorate in Abi to disregard any threat to stop the elections while stating that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be adequately protected.

Amadi pledged the readiness of the force to maintain neutrality during the polls, saying the police do not belong to any political party.

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