Elections: Police will be professional, unbiased ― IG
The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu has reiterated the position of the force to be professional and unbiased during the general elections.
Adamu gave the assurance on Wednesday in Abuja, when the popular Nigerian musician, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tuface Idibia took his “Vote Not Fight’’ camp to his office.
The IG said that the force had organised a series of training for its personnel who would be engaged during the general elections.
He said police personnel would provide adequate security for officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), materials and ensure that Nigerians were not molested.
He said that personnel would be on the ground at the collation centres two days before and three days after the elections.
Adamu said that VIPs would not be allowed to move around polling centres with their security aides.
“We are prepared for the elections; we just need your cooperation, just call on us when you notice any infringement,” he said.
He urged members of the public to always project the force in good light before the international communities.
Earlier, Tuface urged the police to provide a level playing ground for all political parties without any form of basis during the elections.
He called on the police to promptly arrest and prosecute all electoral offenders including political actors no matter their status.
The musicians said that his campaign was aimed at ensuring a large turnout of youth voters and mobilise against hate speech, electoral violence and vote buying.
He said that the Nigerian youths had resolved to say no to electoral violence, which he said had claimed many lives in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that “Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War’’ is a non-partisan and youth-focused voter education campaign promoting constructive youth participation in politics in Nigeria.