By Emmanuel Edom
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP) ,Mr Edgal Imohimi, has set up a police monitoring team under the headship of the Deputy Commission of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligent Department ( SCIID), Panti Yaba, Mrs Yetunde Longe, to daily monitor and arrest anybody seen vandalising or defacing campaign posters or boards.
According to his directives to Longe, the monitoring team would comprise of the Commands Riders unit.
The setting up of a monitoring team is coming on the heels of recent complaint from the Governorship candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, Mr Jimi Agbaje, that his campaign boards were vandalized and removed by unknown persons.
Mr Agbaje was said to have further posted his concern on the social media alleging the vandalisation and removal of his campaign boards
In addition, the Commissioner of Police has directed that invitation letters be sent to state Chairmen of all political parties in the state, their flag bearers, the INEC and other stakeholders for a meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 11am, at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA, Ikeja.
According to the release signed by the Command’s spokes person, CSP Chile Oti, “This is to further drive home the fact that there is no alternative to peace and the need for all political parties, their candidates and supporters to shun acts capable of breaching the public peace”.
He said “constrained by limited manpower, there is no way the Command could post policemen to cover all campaign posters in the state but the much it can do, is to adopt the Aberdeen System in protecting campaign adverts and to solicit the cooperation of all and sundry in ensuring the maintenance of law and order”