Use Of Pets/ Animals At Polling Unit Is A Criminal Offence- Police Warns Citizens

Use Of Pets/ Animals At Polling Unit Is A Criminal Offence- Police Warns Citizens

The Police today warned Nigerians against the use of pets, especially, dogs, at polling units on election day, saying such an act runs contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, as amended. This followed reports that some electorate and groups planned to go to the polls on Saturday accompanied by their dogs as a form of protection against intimidation from political thugs and ballot box snatchers.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed this in a statement today.

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

He said, “Dogs could be classified 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, electorate, 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.

“The NPF, therefore, warns those who intend to display their pets, dogs specifically, for whatever purpose, at the polling units, to desist as such constitutes a violation of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended, and other extant laws.”

 

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