The Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, has ordered members of the force to remain firm and determined to maintain peace in the upcoming elections in February and March of this year.
The IGP, who was appointed last week, said that as the country’s first election administration body, it pledged to take power to provide professional and rigorous policing services to all the citizens of the country.
However, he warned people he called false political actors not to disturb the peace. He warned these people to refrain from such acts because they would cause problems.
In his opening remarks on Friday, he said:
“I am confident that we have the operational capacity to ensure the success of both exercises, I am not unaware of the possible security threat that some misguided political actors and their followers may attempt to pose during the general elections.
“To such elements, I must sound a note of warning that as a nation, we have had enough of electoral violence.
“Hence while the Nigeria Police under my watch shall work with the Independent National Electoral Commission and sister security agencies in guaranteeing a peaceful and secure space for all political parties and the citizens to freely exercise their electoral rights, we shall not hesitate to identify, isolate and bring to deserved justice any person or group that attempts to threaten our sacred democratic order.
Message to potential political troublemakers
“To the unrepentant felons that may want to put our common will to test, the message is being relayed here loud and clear that in securing the law abiding citizens during the elections, we shall not hesitate to deploy our potent assets to deal firmly and decisively with electoral deviants.
“Consequently I call on political actors to assist the Police and other law enforcement agencies in sustaining the gains recorded in our democratic journey.
“They should always remember that politics is a game guided by rules and it behoves them to play within the dictate of such rules.”