Police To Arrest Officers Attached To VIPs On Election Day
The acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered his men to arrest officers attached to VIPs who encroach near polling facilities on Election Day during the forthcoming elections.
Adamu stated this at the public presentation of a partnership between some stakeholders in the elections headed by the Transition Monitoring Group and the Human and Environmental Development Agenda.
Other stakeholders include the Police Service Commission [PSC], Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission [ICPC], among others.
He noted that no police officer is allowed to accompany any politician as they come to cast their votes.
The police chief said, “Everyone has a civic responsibility in ensuring peaceful and credible elections. Election materials must be secured. Electoral officials, domestic and foreign observers must be protected.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission has rolled out the ways stakeholders should conduct themselves.
“On our part, we assure the nation that all electoral materials will be secured and the electorate will be allowed to cast their votes without monetisation.
“No police officer is allowed to move around with any VIP on election day. Anyone, who does so in uniform or mufti will be arrested.”
He noted that all security agents would wear tags to ensure there are no fake officers “because we have heard that a lot of fake uniforms are being brought into the country.”
He also noted that security agents would monitor ad hoc staff that could easily be manipulated, “especially National Youth Service Corps members.”
Adamu added that observers were allowed to take pictures but that they could not take pictures of people while voting “such that you know what party they are voting for.”