The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has cautioned against disruptions during the Saturday governorship and state assembly polls.
There is palpable tension among political parties and their supporters ahead of the election, raising fears of election-day violence.
Police commands across several states have however assured voters of adequate security as they troop out to exercise their franchise.
Deputy inspector-general of police in charge of the south-east, John Amadi, on Thursday asked residents of the geopolitical zone not to “entertain any fears”.
Amadi during a press briefing in Umuahia, Abia State said, “The police are there to protect the system.
“Anybody that wants to put himself into problem or [get] involved in thuggery would have himself to blame. Anybody that wants to snatch ballot boxes or disrupt the elections will be promptly dealt with.
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“We have deployed our men to dominate all the areas that we think that trouble would erupt from. So we are sounding a note of warning to criminals and non-state agents that we would not tolerate anything that would not allow the people cast their vote and chose who they want to represent them.
“Anybody that wants to disrupt the system should be ready to die and anybody that wants to die should come out and disrupt the system. If you love your life keep away, cast your vote, go home and wait for the result.”
The police chief urged the Abia electorate to disregard any threat to stop the elections while stating that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be adequately protected.
He pledged the readiness of the force to maintain neutrality during the polls, saying the police do not belong to any political party.
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