From Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
As the August 9 governorship election in Osun State draws near and political atmosphere gathering momentum, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ibrahim Maishanu, has warned against illegal rallies and campaigns stressing that any politician found wanting would face the wrath of the law.
In his maiden press briefing on Wednesday at the Conference Room of the police headquarters, Osogbo, southwest Nigeria, the police boss informed politicians and other members of the public who may be supporting political parties of the need for them to always brief the police before embarking on processions, assemblies, campaigns or rallies in order to make necessary security arrangement that would prevent any breakdown of law and order.
“It is necessary to warn politicians and other people in the state to avoid taking law into their hands and always trust that the police will do the right thing if properly briefed”, Maishanu warned.
Maishanu further warned politicians of the need to ensure that their activities are legal and assured them of a level playing ground throughout the election period. He however advised them to play by the rules of the ‘game’ or be dealt with according to the law.
His words: “politicians should play by the rules of the game and allow themselves and their activities to be guided by the provisions of the Electoral Act.
“I want to assure all the political parties of a level playing ground before, during and after the election. I also want to assure the entire people of the state that the police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring security of lives and properties during the election period.
“To this end, it is imperative for me to say that politicians and other members of the public to follow due process. It is also necessary to warn politicians and other people in the state to avoid taking law into their hands and always trust that the police will do the right thing if properly briefed.
“All processions and rallies must be peaceful and respect the right and safety of other people. The idea of blocking roads during rallies and procession, and attacking innocent citizens including security men will no longer be tolerated. Anyone who breaches public peace would be dealt with and punished according to the law.