Ahead of the gubernatorial election in Bayelsa and Kogi States, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, has pledged to ensure adequate security before, during and after the polls.
The IGP also directed the commissioners of police nationwide to ensure adequate security at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s, INEC, offices, as well as venues of the ongoing election tribunals.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the Force Public Relations Officer, FPRO, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, Arase stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the acting Chairperson of INEC, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari.
Kolawole said the police chief visited the INEC headquarters to cement the existing relationship between the police and INEC in ensuring the actualisation of the commission’s mandate.
Zakari also intimated the IGP of INEC’s readiness to work with them, so as to ensure a free, fair and credible election in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
In another development, the IGP has given state commissioners of police a one-week ultimatum to report on their compliance on the withdrawal of policemen attached to unauthorised persons and the reduction of personnel to political office holders.