The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Zone 6, Calabar, Mr Sotonye Wakama, has read the riot act to troublemakers ahead of the State and National Assembly rerun election taking place in Rivers State, on Saturday.
The DIG gave the warning during a visit to the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He vowed that the police would match troublemakers, weapon for weapon, even as he stressed the security agency’s readiness to “decapitate” anybody plotting to unleash harm on others.
Mr. Wakama expressed the likelihood that the rerun may be contentious, but assured that the police would leave no stone unturned in ensuring potential troublemakers are made to face the wrath of the law.
The Okrika, Rivers State-born police officer also assured the management and staff of INEC of adequate safety during and after the election, adding that the police would bring in the necessary security across the state.
Accompanied by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), zone 6, Mr Adisa Bolanta, the DIG said “we all know that reruns in Rivers state are likely to be competitive if not contentious.
“A lot has happened in the state that call for concern to both the indigenes and residents in the state and beyond. It is for this reason that I have come down to the state to speak to all the stakeholders involved in the election and to reassure INEC of safe polls.
“[I have also come] to warn that if anything happen in this state; if we see anybody for any reason doing anything that is untoward, which will harm any individual or destroy any property, we will stretch the elasticity of the law in respect to that offence to fullest extent and deal with such person(s).
“However we are not carrying a knife to a gun fight. But should anybody brings out a knife, we will bring out our own. If they bring out guns, we bring out our own and if they want to harm anybody, we will ensure that they will be decapitated”.
Mr. Wakama, therefore, urged eligible voters to come out and cast their votes in accordance with the INEC stipulated rules, admonishing those who have no business with the elections to stay indoors until after the exercise was over.