By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA—Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr Mohammed, Adamu has directed the Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and their respective Commissioners of Police in states where supplementary elections are taking place to ensure that adequate mechanisms are in place towards ensuring a safe and secure environment for the conduct of the elections.
To further strengthen the security arrangements around the polls, the IGP has deployed five Deputy Inspectors General, DIGs; three Assistant Inspectors General, AIGs; 15 additional Commissioners of Police, CPs, to provide supervision, direction and support to the existing security structure already in place in those states.
Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, gave the names of the deployed DIGs as Usman Abubakar, Adamawa State; Yakubu Jubri, Benue State; Frederick Lakanu; Plateau State, Anthony Michael, Kano State, and Godwin Nwobodo, Bauchi State.
“Out of the 15 additional CPs deployed, three each were deployed to Benue and Sokoto states, two each were deployed to Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states while Imo State got one.”
Commending the officers for their sterling performances in previous elections, the IGP charged them to remain patriotic, steadfast, professional, neutral and civil, but firm, in their conducts and actions during the make-up elections.
He warned politicians not to undermine the electoral process by engaging in untoward practices such as snatching of ballot boxes, vote trading and violence of all kinds, stressing that violators would be made to face the full consequences of the law.
The IGP also enjoined the public to cooperate with security operatives, noting 796 suspects were arrested for various electoral offences across the nation.
These latest arrests bring the total number of all the suspects arrested in the two last rounds of elections to 1,119.