Ahead of the Saturday’s governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states, the military and the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, have declared a battle against hoodlums who may be planning to snatch ballot boxes during the election process.
The security chiefs threatened to deal with troublemakers just as the police authorities said they had deployed sixty seven thousand personnel in Kogi and Bayelsa states ahead of the polls.
Speaking on the security operations for the election, the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army/Land Component Commander, Joint Task Force, South-South, Operation Delta Safe, Maj Gen Jamal Abdussalam, warned anyone planning to snatch ballot boxes or cause trouble in the governorship poll to steer clear of the coastal state or face the consequences.
The army chief said, “No stone would be left unturned to deal decisively with any individual or group, whose stock in trade is to cause mayhem or snatch ballot boxes during the elections.
“If the troublemakers feel they have two heads, they must be ready with the second head because the first head would surely be taken off.
“The era of snatching ballot boxes, stuffing them, and indeed any form of electoral violence are gone. “
This was contained in a statement by the acting Deputy Director, 6 Division Army Public Relations, Major Jonah Danjuma, charging the troops to ensure the people of Bayelsa State came out in their numbers to vote for candidates of their choice without any fear of intimidation.