We will provide Adequate Security for Nigerians, INEC Staff and Electoral Materials. — IGP SULEIMAN ABBA
By Festus Fifen
The Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba, has reassured the public of the readiness of the police, to provide adequate security for the electorate, during and after the forthcoming polls.
Abba, who gave the commitment during a conference with senior police officers in Abuja , also assured that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and election materials, will be adequately protected against all forms of violence.
As part strategies to achieve a violence-free election, the IGP said he has directed zonal Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) to lead command Commissioners of Police in the areas, bring political actors and contestants from the parties together to also sign a violence free agreement so as to further strengthen the call for peace.
This, he noted, is with a view to getting them to enter into peace accords, and help reduce the palpable tension that has enveloped the polity.
His words: “I want to say without any reservation, that the police is prepared and will continue to be prepared further to make sure that on the day of the elections, we will provide that maximum security required for them to go and cast their votes.
“We also want to restate that we will make adequate arrangement for INEC staff, who are the managers of the conduct of the elections, including the materials they will be using for the conduct of the elections, so that they are not only well protected, but they discharge their responsibilities efficiently.
He added: “In our effort to prevent violence further, either during or after the polls, Assistant Inspectors General of Police will lead the Commissioners of Police in their zones so that in each state commands, they will bring together as partners in the prevention of crime and violence in this election; they will bring together all the contestants to discuss how best to work together and perhaps come out with peace accord.
“Each command will issue out their social media platforms to members of the public, so that they can call them to report incidents when they are about to happen, or report on time when the incidents starts happening.”