Ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and Houses of Assembly elections, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba, has warned security details attached to political office holders to desist from accompanying their principals to polling booths and collation centres during the election.
Abba stressed that only police personnel specifically assigned for election duties that should be seen within and around the polls’ designated places.
The police chief, in a statement issued yesterday by Force Public Relations Officer, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, also warned that no armed police escort must be seen escorting politicians to the Polling units as such Policemen would be arrested and made to face stern disciplinary action.
Abba commended police personnel and other law enforcement agencies which participated in the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections for their unparallelled professionalism during the exercise.
Ojukwu said that t IGP believes that these virtues of selflessness and dedication to duty contributed to the success of the widely acclaimed free and fair elections.
He said the IGP was pleased with the high level of comportment, discipline, orderliness, patience and understanding exhibited by the citizens throughout the period of the elections, adding that of special interest to him was the assistance extended to the police and other law enforcement agencies by the citizens which made the election hitch-free.
“Meanwhile, the Force has sternly warned all security details attached to political office holders to desist from accompanying their principals to polling booths and collation centres during the election. It noted that only Police personnel specifically assigned for election duties must be seen within and around the election designated places. The IGP also reiterated his earlier warning that no
armed Police escort must be seen escorting politicians to the Polling units as such Policemen would be arrested and made to face stern disciplinary action,” he said.


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