IG Orders 24-hour Protection of all INEC Offices


The acting inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered comprehensive, round-the-clock security in all offices and facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

The development was made public in a statement released by the police spokesman, Frank Mba, on Sunday, February 10.

It wasgathered that Mba stated that all commissioners of police in the 36 states and the 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.

The order comes following INEC’s announcement that it had reported the fire outbreak in two of its offices in Abia and Plateau states to the police chief.

Thousands of voters cards, ballot boxes and other materials were destroyed in the fire.

Adamu also ordered zonal assistant inspectors general of police to monitor the level of compliance in commands under their jurisdiction.

The statement read: “The IG also directed the AIGs and CPs to ensure that no breach of security of any kind occurs within and around INEC facilities under their watch.

“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.”

According to the police spokesman, the order takes immediate effect.

Mba stated that the NPF will remain professional and apolitical in the discharge of its duties, and reiterated the force’s commitment to providing a level playing field for all political actors.

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