The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, yesterday warned political actors in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States against threatening the nation’s democracy and security, saying the force will not hesitate to bring them to justice.
The IGP who issued the warning yesterday during a conference with the commanders of the 79 Police Mobile Force (PMF) at the Force headquarters, Abuja, cautioned all political gladiators to situate all their electioneering activities within the dictates of rule of law.
While the Edo election holds on September 19, the Ondo poll is billed for October 10.
The IGP said, “I strongly warn all political gladiators and the electorate in Edo and Ondo States to situate all their electioneering activities within the dictates of rule of law.
“I affirm that anyone, regardless of his or her political leaning, that attempts to test our will by threatening our democratic values and national security on account of his or her electoral interests shall be promptly identified, isolated, and brought to desired justice”.
IGP Adamu however charged commanders of the 79 PMF Squadrons spread across the nation to exhibit high-level professionalism, neutrality and embrace a citizen-friendly approach in policing the forthcoming gubernatorial elections.
He said the conference centred on the deployment of the PMF for the elections and general review of the current internal security threats in the country.
He said it also availed the Force leadership the opportunity to further re-strategise on best approaches on mitigating security threats particularly as contained in the Election Security Threat Assessment Reports.
The IGP also noted that the PMF which has remained at the forefront of tactical operations in the country is central to the operational plans of the Force towards a successful election in the two States.
The police boss who observed that the elections were coming on the heels of the just concluded PMF Commanders’ course held at Ende Hills, Nasarawa State, charged the officers to take advantage of the new insights and experiences drawn from the training to positively impact their leadership roles in the elections and beyond.
Adamu further assured residents in Edo and Ondo States of the preparedness of the Nigeria Police Force in conjunction with other security agencies and other critical stakeholders in the elections, to ensure the success of the forthcoming elections in the two states.