The Nigeria Police has been directed to stop and search the campaign convoys of all political parties and their candidates to curb the proliferation of illegal arms as the elections draw near.
The Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade gave the directive to the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa.
The directive was sequel to a bloody political clash in Etung Local Government Area in the central district of the State, the homestead of APC Governorship candidate, Senator John Owan-Enoh.
Henceforth, all campaign convoys will be searched based on security reports that some politicians are stockpiling arms ahead of the elections and use the cover of the campaign convoys to move those arms to perpetuate evil, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Cross River State, Christian Ita said.
The Governor visited a major diagnostic hospital in Calabar, where two Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, supporters are receiving treatment after they survived a deadly attack in Etung, where the APC governorship candidate comes from, Ita stated.
He posited that violent clashes were people loose their lives due to difference in political ideology was to be discouraged and mitigated throughout the period.
Ita assured that the Governor, who is the Chief Security Officer of the State, would take necessary actions to keep the people safe.
The Governor is seriously committed to nip every form of violence in the bud. He has urged party faithful and supporters not to retaliate by taking to violence, the CPS said.
He added, Governor Ayade needs the people to be peaceful and vote at the polls without the fear of violence from any individual or group of persons. That is why the Governor has put in place measures to guarantee the peoples safety.
Source: Voice of Nigeria