Borno Police warn politicians against inflammatory comments

By Ndahi Marama

MAIDUGURI—The police in Borno State yesterday warned politicians against the use of foul languages which can cause unrest during the electioneering campaigns for the forthcoming general elections.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Clement Adoda gave the warning in Maiduguri during a meeting between police and representatives of political parties.

“There is need to caution ourselves, particularly on the use of foul language during the electioneering campaigns. Whoever violates this will be prosecuted according to the law.

“We appeal to you to practice politics of brotherliness. Election holds every four years, so it should not disintegrate us but unite us. Your ambition should not override that of the society.

“Election is a process and not by accident and there are various activities before the elections and this necessitated this gathering. The essence of this meeting is to sensitize you on the dos and don’t’s during this coming election,” Adoda said, warning that the police would prosecute any politician who violated the law and tasked the politicians to educate their followers against the use of foul languages during the electioneering campaign.

“Campaign should be based on issues and not on individuals, so the police will not fold their arms and allow unrest during the election.

‘’Already, we are battling with the problem of insurgency so we cannot afford another problem which can divert our attention from the enemy,” he also said.
Adoda added that the police were ready to provide adequate security during the elections, adding that he had already called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, to deploy more personnel to assist the men on ground during the elections.

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