Bayelsa Supplementary Polls: Police Bar Personnel From Escorting VIPs To Polling Units

Bayelsa-DecidesWith some few hours to the supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa State, the state police command has threatened to sanction personnel who escort their principals to polling units during the exercise.

The supplementary election is slated for Southern Ijaw council area and in 101 units across six local government areas of the state.

The Bayelsa Police Command spokesperson, Asinim Butswat, said violation of the order amounts to indiscipline and disobedience, adding that any officer caught will be dealt with severely.

According to him, “VIPs, political appointees are advised to desist from using security men as escorts to polling units.

“They should equally restrict themselves to their polling units after voting, as movement to other locations will amount to intimidation, campaign and a gross violation of extant electoral laws.

“Police officers, i.e SPU, PMF, Counter Terrorist Unit among others, are hereby warned to desist from escorting their principals to polling units on election date.

“Any violation to this order will amount to indiscipline and disobedience to lawful order. Any officer caught will be dealt with severely”.

Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, advised electorates in the areas where supplementary polls are to hold on Saturday to go and cast their votes for candidates of their choice without fear as adequate security measures have been put in place to curtail the activities of miscreants.