The Borno State Police Command has ahead of 2019 elections, threatened to prosecute anyone who pulls down political posters and billboards in the state.
The threat followed rising tension between the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), created by the destruction of political parties billboards and campaign posters in the state by alleged unscrupulous elements.
The police also warned politicians and their supporters against carrying offensive weapons during political rallies , campaigns, or other political activities.
The Borno state Police Commissioner, Mr. Damian Chukwu, issued out the warnings while briefing various representative of political parties on the code of conduct for politicians in line with extant laws for the upcoming 2019 general elections.
Chukwu also reminded the political parties representatives that political thuggery, intimidation of opponents and demostration of violent conduct of any kind will not be condoned before, during and after the elections in any part of the state.
He said: “Politicians are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will promote peace and transquility in the society and also ensure the success and peaceful conduct of the electioneering process and the election proper.
“As a political party or member of a political party, you are not expected to retain, organize, train, equip or procure any person or group of persons for the use of or display of physical force or any other form of violence during political campaigns and during the elections proper.
“No hate speech or criminal defamatory conduct ; Avoid inciting statements; the use of indecent , intemperate , slanderous or base languages or insinuations or innuendos designed or likely to provoke violent reactions or emotions is an offence under the electoral act,” CP Chukwu said.
He however notified the party representatives that the erection of any billboard or signpost within the state should be subjected to the proper prior approval of the Borno state urban planning and develpment board.