Gubernatorial Election: No Pets, Dogs Allowed At Polling Units – Police Issues Strong Warning

Pets, including dogs, are not permitted to be brought to polling stations in Nigeria on Saturday during the governorship and state assembly elections.

This comes as the Nigeria Police Force banned the use of pets, particularly dogs, at polling stations on election day on Tuesday.

The presence of pets or dogs at the polling unit, according to the Police, is a violation of the Electoral Act of 2022, as amended.

WITHIN NIGERIA learned that the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi’ declared in an Abuja statement issued on Tuesday that the act was criminal and condemnable because it violated the provisions of the new act.

The command in the statement explained that;

The provision of Section 126 (1) of the Electoral Act. 2022, explains clearly those actions exhibited by electorates that constitute electoral breaches and are punishable under the law, and paragraph (f) mentions possession of weapons calculated to intimidate voters and electoral officers.

Dogs could be classed as offensive weapons as their owners/handlers can use them to intimidate, harass and cause assault and bodily harm to others.

The Dogs Act, CAP 55 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1958 as domesticated in various States, and other Criminal Laws in Nigeria are trite.

The conceived ideas and plans by certain individuals, electorates, and groups of people to go to the polls accompanied by pets are unacceptable, stand discouraged, and remain an act of electoral infraction as it will cause harassment and intimidation.

Therefore the police strongly warn Nigerians, ” to desist as such constitutes a violation of the electoral Act, 2022, as amended, and other extant laws.”

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