Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Nigeria: Police vows to maintain peace at polls

The Nigeria police have said that it would maintain an environment conducive for the peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections.

Mr Patrick Dokumo, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), in charge of zone (7) comprising Abuja, Niger and Kaduna, made the remark in Minna.

He spoke when members of political parties and other stakeholders in the state signed an agreement on preventing and managing conflict during campaigns and elections.

He said the police’ high command had since directed commissioners of police to commence both mental and physical training for the elections.

“Niger state police command has complied by training their officers and men to ensure that the citizens exercised their franchise without fear of coercion, intimidation or manipulation.
“I assure all political parties that the police will all ways maintain impartiality’’, he said.
Dokumo enjoined the stakeholders, especially the political parties and their candidates, to work toward peaceful and credible elections.

“This can be achieved when political parties and their respective candidates adhere to the provisions of the electoral law.’’

He urged the political parties and their candidates to adhere to provisions of the law in seeking redress against any perceived election irregularities.

Alhaji Mohammed Liman, Chairman All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state commended the efforts of police and other security agencies in maintaining peace and urged them to do more as hoodlums also changed tactics.


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