▪︎says Police remain committed to protecting sanctity of ballot
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, has warned politicians and their supporters in Edo and Ondo States, where gubernatorial elections are scheduled to hold on 19th September, 2020 and 10th October, 2020 respectively, to conduct themselves properly, play by the rules and steer-clear of tendencies capable of undermining the electoral process in the two States.
According to a statement by Force Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP gave the warning having reviewed the Election Security Threat Assessment Reports submitted by the Commissioners of Police from both States in a meeting held Tuesday, 25th August, 2020.
Mba further stated that the Election Security Threat Analysis revealed, among other indicators, arming and movement of political thugs, using of inciting statements during political campaigns, high likelihood of violence and possible cross attack by political opponents, misinformation/disinformation aimed at heating up of the polity and deliberate efforts at delegitimizing government institutions involved in the electoral processes.
He said the IGP had ordered the Commissioners of Police in the two States – Edo and Ondo – to rejig their preparations for the elections to accommodate and address the threats and emerging trends as contained in the security report.
Mba said the IGP also noted that the Force leadership was evolving customized security architecture to protect the people and ensure hitch-free elections.
The IGP, however, warned politicians and their supporters in Edo and Ondo that the Force would not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law on anyone or group, irrespective of status that might want to sabotage the security arrangement being emplaced for the elections.
Meanwhile, the IGP assured Nigerians, particularly the people of Edo and Ondo States that the Force remained committed to protecting the sanctity of the ballot in the country.
He reiterated that the Police would be neutral, apolitical and would work assiduously with all stakeholders in ensuring a level-play ground for all in the elections.