Edo, Ondo 2020: IG charges Police on adherence to electoral act

As the Edo and Ondo 2020 elections drew nearer to the corner, the Inspector General of Police, IG Mohammed Adamu, charged Police Squadron Leaders to show commitment on their professionalism with total adherence to the provisions of the electoral act of the country.

Adamu made this charge in a meeting with the Squadron Commanders of the Nigeria Police last Monday at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

According to him,  plans have been made to deploy some leaders on election duties for the 2020 governorship elections in both Edo and Ondo States  respectively fixed on September 19 and October 10.

He said the details of the deployment and roles of the officers would form part of their discussions at this meeting.

“I must warn those of you to be deployed for this assignment to ensure that you operate strictly within the dictates of the Electoral Act.

“You must exhibit high level of professionalism, be non partisan and embrace a civil orientation to the electorates", he said.

Further, he assured that the elections in the two states would witness hitch-free following the arrangement on ground to deploy Police, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other security agencies. 

“In this regard, I strongly warn all political gladiators and the electorate in Edo and Ondo states to situate all their electioneering activities within the dictates of the rule of law.

“They should be guided by the reality that no political ambition of any individual is more critical than our common national security interest,” he warned.

Adamu promised to provide adequate security for the states' residents to ensure a level playing ground for the political actors and the electorate to exercise their franchise peacefully; and stressed that anybody who by anywhere threatens the democratic values and national security on account of electoral interest during the exercise will be brought to book to suffer the wrath of the law.

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