As the gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo states draw near, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu has assured Nigerians that the police will be neutral, apolitical and will work assiduously with all stakeholders in ensuring a level playing ground for all.
The IGP made this known in a statement by Police spokesperson, DCP Frank Mba on Sunday after a reviewing ‘election security threat’ assessment reports submitted by the Commissioners of Police in Edo and Ondo States.
Adamu accused politicians of deploying and arming thugs to cause mayhem in the two states.
He disclosed that aside the arming and movement of thugs; other threat indicators included the use of inciting statements during political campaigns, high likelihood of violence and possible cross attack by political opponents, misinformation/disinformation aimed at heating-up the polity and deliberate efforts at delegitimising government institutions involved in the electoral processes.
He warned politicians and their supporters to conduct themselves in an orderly manner saying that the police would not tolerate actions capable of undermining the electoral process in both states.
IGP Adamu noted that the protection of the ballot was sacrosanct and that the Commissioners of Police in both states have been ordered to rejig their preparations for the elections to accommodate and address the threats and emerging trends as contained in the security report.
He noted that the Force leadership was evolving customised security architecture to protect the people and ensure hitch-free elections.