Authorities urge dog owners not to bring their pets to polling places.
The warning was issued in a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja by CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force’s Public Relations Officer.
According to him, it is against the Electoral Act’s rules to bring dogs to polling places on election day.
He claims that the police will not tolerate such behavior since it would constitute voter harassment and intimidation.
“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.
“Paragraph (f) mentions possession of weapons calculated to intimidate voters and electoral officers.
“Dogs could be classed as offensive weapons as their owners or handlers can use them to intimidate, harass and cause assault and bodily harm to others,” he added.
Adejobi consequently issued a warning to anyone planning to display their pets at the polling places for any reason.