Police Ban Indiscriminate Hoisting Of Party Flags In Borno
SAN FRANCISCO, August 27, (THEWILL) - Political parties in Borno State have been banned from indiscriminate hoisting of their flags in the state.
The State Police Command issued the ban Wednesday in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Gideon Jibrin.
The Police said the hoisting of political parties flags at the median of roads and roundabouts as well as other public places in the state remains illegal.
Political parties were therefore asked to restrict the hoisting of their flags to their secretariats as the statement lamented that the indiscriminate hoisting of parties flags has seriously 'defaced' all the roads and streets of Maiduguri, the state capital.
The statement read in part : “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.
'It is pertinent to note that flag is not the same with 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.
'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.”