However, in a related development, the police have warned political parties and aspirants participating in the election against embarking on campaigns without first seeking clearance.

The outgoing Commissioner of Police, Abdulahi Chafe, declared that all parties and their aspirants must also obtain clearance before embarking on any procession, stressing that this was without prejudice to the need for cooperation with other agencies.

Chafe said other security agencies are also to enforce the laws guiding such rallies and processions, particularly those specified in sections 94, 95 and 96 of the Electoral Act 2010 which forbid certain conduct at political rallies, procession and campaigns.

The commissioner emphasized that, the police and other security agencies have a duty to arrest erring persons and bring them to justice, adding that the command was adequately prepared for the election and would ensure security of life and property.

Meanwhile, the police boss also announced that he would be retiring from service on May 5, adding that a new commissioner would be deployed to the state.


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