Contrary to expectations that policemen and officers deployed to cover today’s presidential and parliamentary elections will carry arms and as such intimidate the electorate, the force public relations officer, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu said police personnel at the polling units will not carry weapons.
Ojukwu however said policemen and officers allowed to carry arms on election duty would be on standby 300 metres away from the polling units.
The force PRO gave the clarification in Abuja while answering questions during the security press briefing of the national information centre, NIC.
Ojukwu said, “Any policeman within the area of the polling unit within the range of 300metres will not be armed but where there is violence, the military, who will be on a standby will react.
Explaining further, coordinator of the centre, Mr. Mike Omeri said the role of the military during the election is to complement police security and not to stand at the polling unit.
Omeri said, “Soldiers have never participated in any form of electoral process apart from maintain a safe distance from voters in case of any violence. In this case, there will be no difference. The soldiers will keep a safe distance for the safety of Nigerians. The military have never interfered in the electoral process and this will not be different.
Omeri assured that the election would go on in areas that are safe and secured and the police and military forces have put that adequate security measures in place.


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