- The Nigeria Police Force has promised to remain apolitical during and after the elections
- The police has also warned those covering the elections to be with the identity card at all times to avoid getting mixed up with trouble makers
- The police said adequate security arrangements is already in place to curtail any security challenge that may arise during the elections
The acting Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mohammed Adamu, said the Nigeria Police Force would remain apolitical and not support any political party in upcoming general elections.
Adamu gave the assurance when a Joint International Election Observation Mission to Nigeria’s elections visited him on Friday in Abuja.
The mission comprised the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI)
The police boss said that adequate arrangements had been put in place to curtail any security challenge that may arise during the elections.
He said that the force, in collaboration with other security agencies, had also made adequate security arrangement for observers and the media.
He said that the force would not tolerate persons covering the elections without identification cards.
“If you are not with identification card, we believe you are there to cause trouble,” he said.
Adamu said that the force had trained its personnel, who would be on election duty, on election security management which included providing security for INEC officials, voters and others.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and former President of Botswana, Mr Festus Mogae, had said that the NDI and IRI were non-partisan organisations.
He said that they were working in the country in consultation with the Nigerian people.
Also speaking, former President of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, said that Nigeria was responsible for providing security for its people.
She said that it was the duty of the mission to report if the elections were credible or not.
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Another member of the delegation, former Vice President of Gambia, Fatumata Tambajang, said that they were in the country to learn from the Nigerian people.
She underscored the importance of security for observers and the electorate during elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that no fewer than 200 armed policemen and soldiers have been deployed to escort sensitive materials to the 17 local government areas of Enugu state, says an INEC official.
Dr Emeka Ononamadu, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Residents Electoral Commissioner in Enugu state, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Friday.
Ononamadu was speaking while distributing sensitive materials at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Enugu.
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