Ahead of the official commencement of political campaigns and rallies for the forthcoming 2019 general elections today, Sunday, December 2, 2018, criminally minded residents who are caught damaging or vandalizing political posters, billboards and other materials will now be arrested.
This development was contained in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, CSP Chike Oti.
According to him, the directive was given by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, who ordered the arrest of anyone caught vandalising posters of political parties across the State.
The development followed the complaints of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the 2019 elections in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje, who lamented the destruction of his campaign billboards across the state.
According to the statement, a monitoring team will be set up to arrest anyone caught defacing campaign posters or boards. “Lagos State, CP this 1st day of December, 2018, at about 0915hrs, received a complaint from the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, to the effect that his campaign boards were vandalized and removed by unknown persons,” the statement read in part.
Oti continued that; “The complainant went further to post his concern on social media alleging the vandalisation and removal of the aforementioned items.
“To this end, the CP directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti Yaba, to set up a monitoring team comprising the Command’s Riders Unit, to daily monitor and arrest anybody seen vandalising or defacing campaign posters or boards.”