Following repeated incidents of fire outbreak on facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered a comprehensive water-tight and round-the-clock security for all INEC offices and facilities nationwide.
The order was communicated by the police spokesman, ACP Frank Mba, in a statement in which he said the states commissioners of police were directed to ensure adequate security while zonal Inspectors General of Police would monitor compliance.
Mba also disclosed that the IGP gave assurance of adequate security in the country ahead of the polls which commence Saturday.
His words, “The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a comprehensive water-tight and round-the-clock security for all INEC offices and facilities nationwide.
“Consequently, Command Commissioners of Police in the thirty six states of the Federation and FCT have been directed to put in place adequate, functional and purposeful security arrangements aimed at protecting all INEC offices and materials from all forms of crimes and mischief- before, during and after the elections.
“Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) have also been mandated to monitor compliance level of Commands under their jurisdiction with this directive, and ensure that no breach of security of any kind occurs within and around INEC facilities under their watch. The order takes immediate effect.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police assures Nigerians of the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force to deliver on its mandate of providing a safe and enabling environment for the conduct of the general election. He reiterates the commitment of the Force to providing a level playing field for all political actors, while remaining professional and apolitical in the discharge of its responsibilities”.