- IGP Adamu has called on his officers to tighten the nation's security system managed by the Nigeria Police Force
- Adamu gave the order in a statement released by police spokesman Frank Mba
- The police chief also warned officers deployed nationwide for the polls to remain apolitical and non-partisan because those that fail to do so will be punished
The Inspector-General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered his men to tighten security nationwide ahead of the start of Nigeria’s 2019 general elections on Saturday, February 23, The Nation reports.
According to the report, the directive is contained in a statement in Abuja on Friday, February 22 by the police spokesman, Frank Mba.
The statement also revealed that the IG directed Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGs) deployed to the geo-political zones to ensure adequate coordination and supervision of security personnel deployed for the elections.
IG Adamu also order Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police to beef up security in their area of responsibilities and states.
The statement read: “In view of the Presidential/National Assembly Elections scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, 23rd February, 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered a water-tight and robust security arrangement in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“In this vein, the IGP has directed the Deputy Inspector Generals of Police already deployed to the six geo-political zones of the Country to ensure adequate security presence, coordination, supervision and implementation of security strategies for the election in all Polling Units, Registration Area Centres (RACs), Super RACs, Collation Centres, INEC offices, Government and critical National Infrastructures, flash and vulnerable points across the States of the federation.
“Similarly, the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) in the 12 Zonal Commands and the Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the 36 State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been directed by the IGP to beef-up security in their respective areas and to work closely with the Senior Police Officers deployed on election duties to the three senatorial districts and form part of security management base for each State.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported also that Nigeria's security chiefs met in Abuja, the federal capital, over the oncoming 2019 general elections slated to begin on Saturday, February 23 with the presidential and national assembly polls.
The meeting was called by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin and it is holding inside his office at the Defense Headquarters.
Those present in the meeting include the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Adamu Mohammed, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar.
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