- Nigeria police describe as untrue allegations that policemen were complicit in Ekiti election malpractice
- The force commends Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the electorate for the peaceful conduct of the exercise
The Nigeria police have dismissed allegations by Ayo Fayose of Ekiti that Saturday, July 14, gubernatorial election was largely compromised by personnel of the police force.
One of the three police commissioners deployed in the area to monitor the election, Ali Janga, described as untrue allegations that policemen were complicit in election malpractice.
He commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the electorate for the peaceful conduct of the exercise, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Janga said most of the allegations raised by politicians were promptly investigated and were found to be false.
“I have visited some of the local governments and there was no electoral manipulation anywhere as being claimed.
“People just raise false alarm by sending distress calls to us, but many of them were found to be false when we got there.
“Election materials were distributed as early as possible and they were guarded by security men and the turnout was very impressive,’’ he said.
Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state had accused the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) of hijacking the ongoing gubernatorial election in the state.
The governor made the accusation on Saturday, July 14, shortly after casting his vote at his Afao ward unit, Vanguard reports.
He also alleged that majority of his staff have been detained by the police and that security agencies had taken over the responsibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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