The Police Service Commission has scored the conduct of policemen who participated in the just concluded Ondo State governorship election above average.
The agency said its team visited 12 local government areas spread across the three senatorial districts of the state, covering 77 polling units. It also said it received 51 telephone calls on attempts to induce voters.
Spokesman for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed in an interim report released on Sunday. He said monitors ran into a police officer with f/no 454246 at one of the polling units in Okitipupa who politely rejected N50,000 bribe to allow thumb-printing for voters who failed to turn up for voting.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Ondo governorship election: PSC in 12 LGAs, commence police conduct,’ he said the commission would further investigate “this commendable conduct of the officer and if confirmed to be true, will consider rewarding him as it will equally visit disciplinary measure on those found wanting.”
The report read in part “The commission’s team noticed a high population of police officers of Inspector rank at most of the polling units but could not immediately ascertain the reason for using such high calibre of officers to man the polling units.
“The commission commends the leadership of the police who managed the security architecture in Ondo State led by DIG Leye Oyebade and supported by AIG Hosea Karma and Command CP Bolaji Salami.”