Barely a week into the presidential and National Assembly elections, the Nigeria Police Force, Kwara State Command, says 15 political thugs have been arrested.
Okasanmi Ajayi, Police Public Relations Officer, disclosed this to newsmen in an interview in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Friday.
Ajayi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said the thugs were arrested in different locations considered to be flashpoint areas of the state, also noting that they would soon be charged to court.
“We have flash points and the command has been able to fully identify them and our officers have already been deployed there.
“You would agree with me that there is no way a city like this will not have flash points, but the Police have make security available in these areas. So, the Police Commissioner in the state has ordered water-tight security in this area, and the hoodlums and bad boys in all these areas have been arrested.
“Prior to today, we have been making a lot of arrests, but I can tell you that we have arrested nothing less than 15 identified and confirmed hoodlums and political thugs that would be charge to court,” he said.
Ajayi stated that the Police in the state was working hand-in-hand with other security agencies in the state in order to ensure a free and fair election on Saturday.
He further urged all stakeholders to stay away from all forms of trouble and violence during and after the election.
“We have promised all the political parties level-playing ground on Saturday, and we also expect them and all their supporters to maintain decorum,” he said.