Photo: Idris, IG of Police
As the 2019 general elections draw closer, the Nigerian Police are coming up with their own strategies to ensure that vote buying is not allowed.
the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris said that the police would infiltrate the ranks of political parties and their associates to frustrate their efforts as regards vote buying.
The Inspector General, represented by the Commissioner of Police, Federal Operations, CP Kenneth Ebrison, made this known at Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, stakeholders’ meeting on 2019 general elections, entitled, “Political Corruption and other Emerging Issues” an event organised by Christian Aid,V2P and Hope Givers Initiative in Abuja.
He also talked about providing adequate standard security in all the six geopolitical zones to ensure a free and fair 2019 general elections.
The police boss explained, “In the case of vote buying, undercover operatives will infiltrate the ranks and file of the political parties and their associates to frustrate the emerging menace.”
“As it affects flash points and ballot box snatching, a comprehensive study of all previous elections has been conducted to nip this in the bud. Also, threat analysis carried out will ensure that tactical intelligence response and technical unit personnel will be deployed to all the six geopolitical zones and state commands before the commencement of the elections.”
“This is anchored on the establishment of standard operations procedure and security arrangements for a secured, free and fair 2019 general elections.”
“The Nigeria Police Force shall discharge its duties professionally, proactively, in approachable manner and manifestly demonstrate impartiality and fairness in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.”