The Imo State Police Command has warned politicians to cease from hiring political thugs or getting involved in any activity that would cause violence and disorder in the state.
The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Abdul Majid Ali, gave this warning during his visit to some local government areas in the state to educate traditional rulers and rural communities on the need to maintain a peaceful atmosphere during the party primaries coming up in the state.
He advised community leaders and traditional rulers to hinder their youths and children from being used by politicians for political thuggery and hooliganism.
He warned that all measures have been put in place to deal ruthlessly with any politician, youth or person caught trying to cause disorder within the state.
The Imo State Police boss, who visited Ehime Mbano Police Division for the first time, met one of the traditional rulers who said that his visit to the community would indeed boost the morale of security operatives in the area.
He promised that the community leaders would cooperate with the Police to ensure that the forthcoming election is peaceful and without rancour.
After various visits to different communities, the Commissioner also moved to Isiala Mbano Local Government, where he addressed a group of community leaders and indigenes of the area on the need to abstain from trouble during the elections.