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Police in Delta warn stakeholders against engaging vigilantes, other groups in election matters

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Police in Delta warn stakeholders against engaging vigilantes, other groups in election matters
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Edeki Igafe
Warri(Delta), Feb. 20, 2019 The Police Command in Delta has warned stakeholders against engaging private security agents, volunteers, guards and vigilantes in securing/escorting election and other materials during the 2019 general elections across the state.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, ASP Chuks Orisewezie, gave the warning in a statement made available to newsmen in Warri on Wednesday.
Orisewezie said, “any such armed private security personnel in whatever form or guise will be appropriately dealt with.”
The command’s spokesman said that the responsibility of providing security during the 2019 general elections rested squarely on the police, in collaboration with other security agencies.
He listed the other security agencies to include the Army, Navy, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Immigration Service, Air Force, and Department of State Service (DSS).
He stated: “Police is dismayed with the way and manner majority of the volunteer organisations are meddling in election/security affairs.
“A reference point is the three suspects: David Ukiri ‘m’, Alfred Joseph ‘m’ and Uvwiejibobor Akpevwe ‘m’ all of Udu in Udu Local Government Area who were arrested with arms.
“They were arrested by a detachment of police officers deployed to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Asaba, to secure electoral materials.
“The suspects claimed to be members of a vigilante group and were detailed by their chairman to escort electoral materials.
“The responsibility of providing security during the 2019 general election rests on the police in collaboration with other security agencies.
“The police, therefore, warn all stakeholders who have or intend to employ the services of private security agents, volunteers, guards and vigilantes for the purpose of securing/escorting electoral materials etc. to desist from doing so.”
It will be recalled that a suspected cult group clashed with the Orhunwhorhun community vigilante group in Udu Local Government of the state on Monday over a perceived electoral matter.

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