Gov polls: IG directs CPs to protect electorates, process
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has directed all Commissioners of Police and strategic commanders posted for the governorship and State Houses of Assembly election duties to mobilise all resources at their disposal to defend the electorate.
Baba also directed the police personnel deployed for election duties to protect officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, sensitive materials as well as the electoral process during the conduct of the elections slated for March 11, 2023.
This was in furtherance of the meeting earlier held with strategic police managers to discuss and review topical issues and strategies for a more secure electoral process, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday.
Adejobi said, “Similarly, the IG has ordered strategic deployments in accordance with the developed standard operating procedure for polling units to ensure maximum protection against intimidation, harassment, and assault on law-abiding citizens during the electoral process.
“He equally charged all election commanders in various states to take up complaints of intimidation, harassment, and assault reported by individuals/groups for proper investigation.
“The IG, therefore, assures all Nigerians, particularly electorates and INEC officials that the NPF is in synergy with other security agencies to ensure adequate security and protection of fundamental rights nationwide.”
Peter Obi will soon be arrested, watch out – Kanayo O Kanayo
Nollywood veteran actor, Kanayo O Kanayo has raised an alarm on social media. According to him, there are people making plans to arrest Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi. Kanayo O Kanayo disclosed that Nigerians should watch out because Obi would soon be arrested. He alleged that some people are conspiring against the LP flag bearer, adding that he feels like something fishy is about to happen. In an Instagram post, the veteran actor said: “Peter Gregory Obi will soon be arrested, Watch Out. The conspiracy is brewing, you want to bet?” The All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council, had called for Obi’s arrest for allegedly inciting violence. Tinubu’s spokesman, Bayo Onanuga, accused Obi of making inflammatory statements following his loss at the presidential election.
Gunmen Abduct APC Assembly candidate, Napoleon in Rivers
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Police arrest six suspects for electoral offences in Benue
The Benue State Police Command has arrested six persons for different electoral offences in the February 25th Presidential and National Assembly elections.Spokesperson of the command, SP Catherine Anene, said the suspects were arrested for illegal possession of firearms, snatching of ballot boxes and illegal possession of nine Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).Anene added in the statement;“According to the CP, the investigation has been completed and case diaries forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for further action. Intending electoral offenders are hereby warned to desist from such lawlessness as the command will not tolerate any act that will affect a peaceful electoral process.”The police spokesperson said the CP had directed area commanders, tactical commanders and DPOs to ensure that elections in their areas of responsibility were conducted peacefully.
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