Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Andie Undie has said that the police will use all constitutional means to crack down on any sponsor of political thugs before and after the local government elections in the state.
This is even as he vowed to deal with politicians who hide under the banner of religion or ethnicity to achieve their political interests and causing trouble in the state.
Undie made this known during a joint security meeting with all security heads, religious and other stakeholders ahead of upcoming state LG election scheduled to hold on Wednesday 10.
The state LG poll was postponed three times due to insecurity bedeviling the state before finally rescheduled to hold on Wednesday, 10.
Despite the current security challenges, the state authority have vowed to conduct the elections, saying It has the capacity to deal with politicians and other miscreants troubling the state.
Within last week alone, more than 30 people were reportedly killed in various communities of the state.
But the state government has been severally attributing the current insecurity to some individuals in the state who instigate some people to cause crisis for political interest.
In an effort to ensure smooth running of the exercise, the state commissioner in the security meeting has this to say.
” There would be no sacred cow. The police will deal with any body found sponsoring thugs before and after Local coucil election. Police and other security agencies will not involve or participate in anything that has to do with vote buying during the council elections. It is not our duty. Our duty is to secure the process. The remaining thing is left for the politicians.
” I want to assure you that no security personnel will ignite crisis. I call on politicians to watch their actions and play the game by rules..
” We won’t also allow religious or ethnic politice. No body should use religious or ethnic politice for political gain. The issue of religion should be out of it. The commissioner said.
He further emphasised that whoever is found instigating crisis or mobilizing people for criminality would not go free.
” We shall bring to book whoever commit crisis during and after the elections No body will be exempted, ” Undie said.