The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has cautioned politicians and the electorates in Edo and Ondo States against threatening the nation’s democracy and security during the forthcoming governorship elections holding on September 19 and October 10, respectively, in both states.
He said anyone who attempted to test the will of the security forces would be identified and brought to justice, “regardless of his political leanings.”
Addressing about 79 Police Mobile Force squadron commanders at a meeting in Abuja on Monday, the IG reiterated his pledge to ensure a level-playing field for all candidates during the polls, adding that the force would be professional and neutral.
He informed the officers that the details of their deployment and roles would form part of the discussions at the meeting.
He said, “I strongly warn all political gladiators and the electorate in Edo and Ondo States to situate all their electioneering activities within the dictates of rule of law.
“I affirm that anyone, regardless of his or her political leaning, that attempts to test our will by threatening our democratic values and national security on account of his or her electoral interests shall be promptly identified, isolated, and brought to desired justice.”
While reviewing the internal security threats and re-evaluating police strategies, Adamu commended the PMF commanders for their critical roles in tackling the challenges, particularly in the North-East where PMF operatives are fighting alongside the military against the insurgents and bandits.
“For those of you to be deployed on this assignment, I must warn you to ensure that you operate strictly within the dictates of the Electoral Act, exhibit high-level of professionalism, be non-partisan and embrace a civil orientation to the electorates,” Adamu admonished.
He knocked the commanders for disobeying the order and directives on illegal checkpoints and duties, noting that they would be held liable for any misconduct of their personnel, adding that this could attract serious disciplinary actions, including removal as squadron commander.
Source: Punch Nigeria