Gov’ship Election: No Pets, Dogs Allowed At Polling Units – Police Issues Strong Warning


Nigerians have been warned not to bring pets including dogs to their polling units on Saturday during the governorship and state assembly election.

This is as the Nigeria Police Force  on Tuesday banned the use of pets especially dogs at the polling units on election day.

According to the Police, the presence of pets or dogs at the polling unit is a violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2022, as amended. gathered that the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi’ in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday declared that the act was criminal and condemnable as it runs contrary to 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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