NPC Commends Nigerian Police On Conduct During Polls

Police The National Peace Committee (NPC) has commended the Nigerian Police for its conduct during the 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The commendation was made at the Nigerian Police Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital as members of the committee led by its Chairman, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), embarked on a ‘thank you visit’ to key actors in the just concluded presidential and parliamentary elections.

The committee noted that the Police remained neutral even in the face of the tension before and after the elections.

The committee further urged the Police to ensure that the conduct is replicated during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Similarly, General Abdulsalam urged Nigerians to support the Police in the next round of polls.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, who expressed gratitude for the commendation, however, promised that the same conduct would be replicated during the governorship polls and beyond.

The Police have received several commendations from not only Nigerians, but the international community for its conduct during the polls.

They have been commended particularly for their arrest of some persons in possession of registration materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ona Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State.

They have also been lauded for the deployment of over 6,000 police officers to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections across the 27 Local Government Areas in Imo State.

The Police in different states across the country had, prior to Saturday’s election, given assurances of their readiness for the election.

The Imo State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, said that the command was fully ready and prepared for the elections, urging residents not to panic as they go about their lawful duties.

The Zamfara State Police Command also assured indigenes of the readiness of the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies, to provide effective security and ensure smooth and orderly conduct of the election.

6,000 Policemen To Monitor Elections In Imo State

police-3The Nigeria Police has deployed over 6,000 officers to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections across the 27 Local Government Areas in Imo State.

Briefing reporter on Friday at the Imo State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the state’s capital, a spokesman for the Police, Andrew Enwerem, said the command was fully ready and prepared for the elections.

He explained that the Police had put in place necessary security measures to monitor the 305 wards of the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state and 3,525 polling units across the state.

Mr Enwerem, however, advised the residents of the state to adhere strictly to the directives on the restriction of persons and vehicles in the state within the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm local time on Saturday.

He said the command was committed to ensuring credible, free and fair elections in the state.

The Police spokesman urged all politicians in the state to advise their supporters not to cause mayhem or electoral violence, stressing that the command will deal ruthlessly with any group or persons found guilty no matter his position in the society.

The Inspector General of Police, Sulieman Abba, had earlier told Channels Television that the Police were prepared to safeguard lives and property during the election.

He said that the police would work with other security agencies in Nigeria to raise enough manpower to cover the polling units across the state.

Council Confirms Appointment Of Police IG Suleiman Abba

Suleiman Abba.The Police Service Council in Nigeria has confirmed the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba.

Mr Abba’s appointment was confirmed on Tuesday during the Police Service Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting began after a National Council of State meeting that was also held at the Villa.

At the meeting, Nigeria’s security challenges and how it could be tackled were discussed, with emphasises laid on the need for more funding for security agencies, especially the police.

The council agreed that one per cent of the Federal Allocation accruing to the states should be set aside for the funding of the Nigerian police to equip them for the discharge of their duties, which include the protection of lives and property of Nigerians.

Mr Abba was made the Acting Inspector General of Police after the former IG, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, retired in July, having completed 35 years in service, as stipulated by law.

Addressing reporters after the confirmation of his appointment, Mr Abba said he would work hard to ensure that he meets up with the expectations of the office of the Inspector General of Police.

Mr Abba pointed out that Nigerians deserved the best from security agencies in the effort to make Nigeria safe for all and that he would ensure that the resources available would be judiciously managed to carry out his job.