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OPINION: Other People Need To Be Punished With Policeman Caught Voting In Kano As Police Vows To Act

Police authorities have reacted to the picture showing a policeman voting during the congress of the ruling party in Kano State.

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The policeman, Bashir Muhammad, was seen voting in the midst of leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in Kano State. The police condemned the act and gave more details about the policeman. According to a report by Sahara Reporters, Muhammad was posted to the Kano State Government House where Governor Abdullahi Ganduje rules. From there, he was assigned to be a guard to the new newly elected APC Chairman in the state, Abdullahi Abbas. He was actually seen voting at the APC congress where Abbas and other party leaders were present.

The police vowed that it would investigate the incident and ensure that Muhammad faces disciplinary measures if found culpable. It is important to point out that it is not only Muhammad that should be probed and punished. Yes, he would not have gone that far without the actions and inactions of other people around him. He was either encouraged or allowed to go beyond his limit. So, those people who through their actions and inactions aided him to do what he did also need to be probed and punished.

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First, Muhammad was not the only policeman or security officer on duty that day. He was not even the security in charge of guarding the venue. Rather, he came with his principal Abbas for the event. What happened to the security agents on ground to protect the venue? What did they do to prevent Muhammad from going into the main place where voting was going on? They need to be probed too for failing to act as expected.

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Secondly, the party officials in charge of accrediting voters need to be probed too. For a person to vote during that congress, the person must be a card carrying member of APC. The person must also be among those cleared to vote. Why then did they allow Muhammad to vote? Who gave him ballot papers and ink to vote? Who were the officials in charge of the process? They need to be probed to answer key questions. If found wanting, they also need to be punished by the relevant authorities.

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Again, the party leaders were seen watching as Muhammad was caught on camera voting. Muhammad was conspicuously in his police uniform which shows that he has no business interfering in party or election matters. Yet, he was seen casting vote and party leaders were watching. What did they do to stop him? It must be pointed out that this case would have gone unnoticed if not because Muhammad was in his police uniform. Those party leaders present need to be probed. Governor Ganduje and the security agencies need to take the needed action against these peoples too. All these people need to face punitive measures because they through their actions and inactions failed to do the needful.

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