The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has reiterated the determination Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to ensure a violence free and credible 2019 general election.
He also said the Police would not be a tool for politicians or political parties during the exercise.
Towards this end, Adamu said enough police personnel would be deployed to every part of the country to prevent violence and other electoral malpractices.
The IGP spoke in Abuja on Thursday at a stakeholders meeting organized by the Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) where he said the Police is ready for the election.
Represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Samuel Musa, the IGP said, “We are ready for the election, we are determined to make sure that no single Nigerian is prevented from voting. We have strategies in place to protect all election materials and personnel.
“What we want Nigerians to know is that what is wrong during the election periods is diversion of election materials, ballot box snatching, vote soliciting or buying would not be allowed. what is right is queue orderly, vote and maintain peace throughout the exercise”.
Saying that the theme of the meeting, ‘Towards a credible 2019 election, the role of stakeholders’, the IGP said the Police is ready to take its role very seriously, adding, “This is why we have been having training, retraining, seminars and workshops in-house as well as with other stakeholders”.
He also said in order to ensure that plans put in place for the successful prosecution of the election were not thwarted, adequate personnel would be provided for all election centers from the ward level to the result announcement centers.
“Our men have been told what to do to make it credible, we are not for any political party but make the election credible,” he said.