By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Any unauthorised persons found bearing fire arms at political party rallies in Lagos State, henceforth risks being shot by the police, the State Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi has warned.
Edgal said that he has directed all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Area Commanders to enforce proportional use of force including the use of fire arms in demobilising any person found in possession of fire arms at political rallies.
“I have detailed all the DPOs, Area Commanders to arrest any person found with gun or arms during political party rallies. Proportional use of force, including the use of fire arms should be applied to demobilise the person.”
This warning statements formed part of the riot act handed down to his Officers by the State Commissioner of police, CP Edgal Imohimi, at the end of over three hours closed door Inter Agencies Consultative Committee Meeting On 2019 Election, held at his Command Headquarter, Ikeja Lagos, on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019.
Speaking on behalf of the committee after the meeting, Edgal who is also the group’s chairman, noted that his directives to his Officers, was to check future reoccurrence of the previous incident that occurred at the flag off of APC Governorship rally, where one person was shot and many sustained injuries.
According to him, INEC has assured Lagos Residents of peaceful conduct of the Election devoid of vote buying, intimidation and rancour.
He reiterated the readiness of Police, Army and other sister security agencies to ensure a successful poll.
He further stated that the recent operation show of force road show conducted across Lagos state, involving over 2, 300 officers, 100 vehicles and all the security Agencies, was to reassure Lagos residents of their fitness.
In his own Statement, INEC Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner Mr Sam Olumekun, while expressing his appreciation to all the Security Agencies, assured Lagos state residents that INEC under his watch would conduct the best election ever recorded in the state.
He further announced the commencement of Electoral training for INEC Ad hoc staff, starting January 23rd, 2019.