The Ebonyi Police Command has warned criminals and those destroying billboards and posters of politicians in the state to either relocate, turn a new leaf or be ready to face the consequences of their action.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Mustafa, gave the warning at a news briefing in Abakaliki on Tuesday.
Reading out the riot act to criminals and would-be criminals, Mustafa admonished that the state would no longer be conducive for them to carry out their nefarious activities.
He advised those engaged in the destruction of party flags, campaign posters and billboards of political parties or contestants to desist forthwith.
According to him, the command, in a bid to curtail such ugly and unlawful developments, has established a committee to handle reported cases of damaged billboards by thugs, hoodlums and other miscreants.
He also said that the command had established a special squad that would swiftly respond to vandalism of billboards and destruction political posters.
Mustafa, therefore, urged party leaders and officials to advise their members against running against the law, noting that consequences could be grave.
He said that the deployment of surveillance patrol, inter agency collaboration, adoption of community and intelligence-led policing methods stemmed criminal activities during the last festive period in the area.
The police commissioner said that the command was committed to sustaining the tempo, especially as the elections draw closer.