Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki
Ebonyi State Police command said it has identified about four flashpoints were serious violence was recorded in the state during the last presidential and National Assembly elections.
This was disclosed by the state Commissioner of Police, Awosola Awotinde, during a press briefing held at the command’s headquarters in Abakaliki, the state capital.
Although he did not reveal the spots he said security had been beefed up in those areas to forestall a possible repeat of the challenges recorded in the state during the polls.
Awotinde, who said that relevant logistics had been put in place to ensure that the state records hitch-free elections in the state, added that officers had adequately been motivated for the election.
The CP, therefore, warned troublemakers to desist from fomenting troubles during the polls as the command would not take it lightly with anyone breaching the peace in the state.
The CP said: “We the police, in conjunction with other security agencies, are ready as usual to provide adequate security for them before, during, and after the election. People should go and exercise their franchise that day.
“I am using this opportunity to warn troublemakers to desist from it or relocate because they are not going to find it easy as we have been dealing with them already, we will continue to deal with them.
“We also want to inform the public that if there is any breach of the peace they should call the numbers we have already made available to them for a quick response.
“We have joined operation room with the military, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and others. They will be on throughout the elections. They have about two patrol teams that will respond to distress calls throughout the election,” he said.