ABUJA – The police said they have identified flash points in some geopolitical zones across the country but had devised strategies to address issues of safety and security during the April 11 elections.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The statement quoted the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, as warning trouble makers not to foment trouble before, during and after the April 11 elections.
Abba said “unpleasant consequences await trouble makers.’’
He, however, assured that the police would provide level playing ground for all and urged the electorate to vote peacefully and maintain orderliness.
The I-G also advised politicians to prevail on their supporters to shun acts of violence and thuggery as the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on trouble makers.
He said the force was committed to providing security to ensure hitch-free governorship and states House of Assembly polls on April 11.
In another statement, the I-G had tasked personnel involved in election duties to exercise high sense of professionalism in their conduct as laid down in the Police Regulations and the Standard Operational Guidelines.
Abba also charged them to be completely neutral and impartial in carrying out their duties but must be firm, fair and approachable to all parties.
The police boss directed them to take charge of security at polling units and collation centres as the police were the leading law enforcement agency.
It would be recalled that the I-G had on Tuesday, warned security details attached to political office holders not to accompany their principals to polling units and collation centres during the Saturday elections.
Abba said any policeman who flouted the warning and escort politicians to polling unit or collation centre would be arrested and made to face disciplinary action. (NAN)
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