The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, over his torn campaign billboards.
Agbaje had posted a video of the torn billboards on social media on Saturday, lamenting lack of a level playing ground for candidates in the state.
He was said to have also petitioned the police over the matter.
The police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, who confirmed the PDP candidate’s petition, said there was no way the command could deploy policemen to monitor all campaign materials in the state.
He noted that the command would rather adopt the ‘Aberdeen System.’
Oti, who released a statement on the incident, said the CP had decided to invite the Independent National Electoral Commission, party candidates and chairmen for a meeting.
He said, “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, this December 1, 2018, around 9:15am, received a complaint from the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, to the effect that his campaign boards were vandalised and removed by unknown persons. The complainant went further to post his concern on the social media alleging the vandalisation and removal of the aforementioned items.
“To this end, the CP directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, 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 has directed that invitation letters be sent to state chairmen of all political parties in the state, their candidates, the INEC and other stakeholders for a meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 11am, at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA, Ikeja.
“This 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 public peace.
He said, “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.’