Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos State Jimi Agabje has petitioned the police over the vandalisation of his campaign posters and boards.
Lagos police spokesman Chike Oti confirmed that Commissioner of Police Imohimi Edgal received the complaint at about 9:15am on Saturday.
Mr Agbaje also posted images of damaged campaign boards on Twitter, prompting many people to point accusing fingers at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Upon receiving the complaint, Mr Oti said Mr Edgal 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.
In addition, the commissioner of police is to have directed that invitation letters be sent to state chairmen of all political parties in the state, their flag bearers, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other stakeholders for a meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA, Ikeja.
This, the statement said, 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.
“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,” the statement quoted the police boss as saying.