As the December local government election draws closer, the Police has assured that its men and officers will not be allowed by the politicians and their parties to compromise the conduct of the election.
The police public relations officer, PPRO, DSP, Bala Elkana who gave the assurance on Atlantic Fm charged political actors not to create ‘policing problems” for the command in the course of the polls.
He maintained that the public will be pleased with the conduct of the police after the polls. He added that the police would play its part to ensure credible election process.
“The police will be on hand to ensure that the process is credible. Don’t create policing problems, if everyone plays his part in line with the provisions of the law there won’t be much for the police to do, but, by the time you begin to see compromise from different quarters, then the police will have a lot of issues to come up with”, Elkana, “it is very clear, no policeman will be used to compromise election”.
He stated that the new police commissioner, Zubairu Muazu wouldn’t give any policeman a pat on the back for any act of unprofessionalism.
“That’s the position of our command under the able leadership of our CP, he has zero tolerance for unprofessionalism, he has zero tolerance for corruption, and no policemen will dare it, because they know the consequences that wait them”.
H e assured that the police will be effectively deployed to maintain peace, secure the process, and protect voters, election officials and materials.
He urged all stakeholders in the election to ensure orderly and peaceful conduct during the polls. And warned voters against doing what was not expected of them at the polling units, “because if they do, they will end p in trouble”.
The PPRO said that the command was going to set up a joint situation room as the election was approaching for members of the public to make complains, which he pledged will be handled by the police promptly.
“We have a situation room, a joint situation room where people can call by the time election is approaching, we’ll give out those numbers, will be distributed to the DPOs , and everybody will be able to have the number, if you have any complain, you can call easily, quickly call that number, officers will take your complain and follow it up quickly, no point taking the laws into your hands”.