The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu Abubakar on Monday, September 14, read riot act to politicians including candidates of various parties, members, and youths who may want to test the will of the police force to desist from acts capable of jeopardizing the success of Saturday’s governorship election.
IGP Abubakar who read the riot acts in a stakeholders meeting in Benin, said the police are not unconscious of pockets of violence which characterised campaigns in the political landscape of the state, just as he said his men are equally not resting on ensuring security of lives and property of the citizens before, during and after the election.
He announced the deployment of 31, 000 policemen for effective protection of personnel, assets of INEC, electorate and residents of Edo people during and immediately after the poll.
He emphasised the commitment of security agencies to a free, fair, credible and successful election, even as he assured that personnel of the force shall remain impartial, firm and professional in exercise of their statutory duties as provided for in the Electoral Act and other enabling laws.
“The success of any election is dependent on the passion all of us gathered here today. Action plans have been mapped out to deal with situation at identified flashpoints.
“All the three senatorial districts, 192 wards, 18 LGAs and 2, 623 polling units across the state have appropriately been mapped out for adequate deployment of policemen for guaranteed security.”
He pointed out that this massive deployment is not only to checkmate violent political actors that might be bent on threatening the process through acts of thuggery or conducts that violate the provisions of Electoral Act, but to also serve as a strong warning that government is poised to bringing such characters to justice should they embark on unwanted unpatriotic intent.
“For the political actors and electorate that are law abiding, they are assured of optimal security as they exercise their electoral rights.
“However, for the deviants who want to deploy violence and other illegal means to advance their political interests, they should be prepared for consequences of their actions as they will be decisively dealt with irrespective of their status or political affiliations,” Abubakar declared.
He continues, “While I call on all the political parties to embrace the virtues of democracy by seeing election as a call to serve the people and not do or die affair, I as well implore parents and guardians to counsel their children and wards to resist the unprofitable urge of being recruited by politicians for thuggery and other acts of violence.
He reassured “Political parties and people of Edo State that the Nigeria police force, INEC and other security agencies involved in the conduct of the election have resolved in line with our respective oaths of office and allegiance to the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria that this election must be free, fair, credible and conducted in safe and conducive environment.”
He further disclosed that security details of important personalities will be withdrawn until after the election.