Police Ban Political Parties from Hoisting their Flags in Borno
The Police in Borno State on Wednesday warned political parties to restrict the hoisting of their party flags to their secretariat.
In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Police Command, Gideon Jibrin, the hoisting of political parties flags at median of roads and roundabouts, and other public places remain outlawed.
He asked political parties to restrict the hoisting of their flags to their secretariats and also desist from hoisting them at public structures.
Jubrin lamented that the indiscriminate hoisting of parties flags has seriously “defaced” all the roads and streets of Maiduguri metropolis, the state capital.
The police spokesman, who called affected political parties to remove such flags from the roads and streets immediately, warned that: “Whoever is found defacing the environment will be arrested for possible prosecution.”
The statement further read: “This manner of politicking is not a good dimension to emulate. It is good to introduce certain measures that can make our democracy work and not to litter everywhere with flags of political parties.
“This is an era for political parties to demonstrate their popularity and sell their candidates to the citizenry in the state, but this should be done with decorum, decency and maturity.”
He reminded the political parties that: “It is pertinent to note that flag is not the same as posters. It is a symbol of a political party like the Nigerian green white green flag hoisted in Government Offices/Establishment. Politicians should therefore hoist their flags only in their offices and secretariats.”
He said: “Henceforth, hoisting of parties’ flags everywhere in the state will no longer be tolerated. Politicians who are in this habit should desist from it and also warn their party members to remove such flags from the roads/streets within the metropolis, and whoever is found defacing the environment will be arrested for possible prosecution.”