I Didn’t Order Voters To Leave After Voting —IGP

THE Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, on Tuesday, said he did not order voters to leave after voting.

He, however, said his advice not to stay at polling units was to avoid confusion or overcrowding.

Addressing 59 mobile police squadron commanders, 12 Special Protection Unit commanders and 19 counter terrorists unit commanders in Abuja, the IGP said a lot is expected from the commanders to nip any violence in the bud after the election results are announced.

According to him, “the purpose of the meeting is to remind you of the importance attached to your office and draw your attention to the expectations of all Nigerians in the 2015 elections.”

The IGP reminded the commanders that they had been involved in all activities leading to the election, hence they were expected to do better during the elections.

He said their duties included escorting the electoral materials a day before the election to the centre from where it would be taken to the polling units the next day.

“You have to work against snatching of ballot boxes and card readers. You are to support the security arrangements in the polling centres and after the election, you will also support the regular policemen in providing security round the clock,” he said.

The IGP, disclosed that all necessary arrangements had been put in place to avoid violence after the declaration of results, as all political parties had been warned to follow due process in challenging election results if they were not satisfied.

He assured the commanders that the police high command would give them all logistics to ensure free and fair elections on March 28 and April 11.

Also, he added that there were enough deployment in the 150,000 polling units in the country, as they would also be complemented with other security agencies.

Meanwhile, as part of efforts to ensure adequate security, the IGP has restricted vehicular movements on March 28 and April 11 from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

The restriction, he said, was applicable to all vehicles except for ambulances, fire service trucks and others on essential duties, urging travellers who plan to use the roads on these days to reschedule.


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