In furtherance to his stated commitment towards ensuring hitch-free elections in the Country, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has directed the Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and their respective Commissioners of Police in states where supplementary elections are taking place to ensure that adequate mechanisms are in place towards ensuring a safe and secure environment for the conduct of the elections.
According to a statement, Thursday, by Frank Mba Force the Public Relations Officer Force Headquarters he said to ‘further strengthen the security arrangements around the polls, the IGP deployed five (5) DIGs, three (3) AIGs, fifteen (15) additional CPs to provide supervision, direction and support to the existing security structure already in place in those States.’
The DIGs are deployed as follows: DIG Usman Tilli Abubakar, mni – Adamawa State, DIG Yakubu Jubrin, fsi – Benue State, DIG Frederick Taiwo Lakanu, fdc – Plateau State, DIG Anthony Ogbizi Michael, fdc – Kano State and DIG Godwin C. Nwobodo, fdc – Bauchi State. Out of the fifteen (15) additional CPs deployed, three (3) each were deployed to Benue and Sokoto States, two (2) each were deployed to Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano and Plateau States while Imo State got one.
While commending the officers for their sterling performances in previous elections, the IGP charged them to remain patriotic, steadfast, professional, neutral and civil, but firm, in their conducts and actions during the make-up elections. He warned politicians not to undermine the electoral process by engaging in untoward practices such as snatching of ballot boxes, vote trading and violence of all kinds, stressing that violators would be made to face the full consequences of the law.
The IGP also enjoined the public to cooperate with security operatives, noting that a total number of Seven Hundred and Ninety Six (796) suspects were arrested for various electoral offences across the nation. These latest arrests bring the total number of all the suspects arrested in the two last rounds of elections to One Thousand, One Hundred and Nineteen (1,119). The IGP pledges wholesome investigation and diligent prosecution in concert with INEC.