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 vandalized campaign billboards.
Agbaje, who had posted a video of the torn billboards on social media on Saturday lamenting the lack of a level playing ground for all candidates in the state.
The police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti confirmed Agbaje’s petition through a statement issued on Saturday, saying there was no way the command could deploy policemen to monitor all campaign materials in the state.
“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 vandalized and removed by unknown persons.
“The complainant went further to post his concern on the social media alleging the vandalization 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.
“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 read.