RSS Subscription

Subscribe via RSS reader:
Subscribe via Email Address:
Pin It



Thursday, 18 October 2012


Redeploy commissioner, others

Jega urges cooperation with INEC

AS part of measures to ensure conduct of free and fair election, police authorities have declared a dusk to dawn restriction of movements at all border entries to Ondo State beginning from today (Thursday).

The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, who announced this yesterday in Akure at the final stakeholders' meeting to fine-tune strategies for the conduct of the polls, also said his men had been directed to enforce total restriction of movement across the length and breadth of the state from the dusk of tomorrow (Friday) till 8 pm on Saturday, the election day.

The IG reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to conduct of credible polls in the country and disclosed that, "the Ondo election, from the logistics that we have put in place, will qualify to be the freest and fairest so far."

Abubakar told the parley, which was led by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega and attended by representatives of participating political parties and their candidates that a security blueprint that will involve all the security and para-military outfits had been worked out for the election.

He also hinted that the State Commissioner of Police, Danladi Mshebwala and senior officers of the Command would be transferred out of the state in response to calls by some political parties. "Whatever changes will be made is for the interest of the people of this state as we have done everything possible to ensure free and fair election," he said.

The IG also announced immediate withdrawal of all security personnel attached to political office holders and public officers "no matter how highly placed to prevent intimidation of voters on election day."

Abubakar said the police had moved a large contingent of officers and men to Ondo to tackle any security challenges that might occur during the election. He explained that the essence of the deployment was not to harass the people but to ensure free, fair and credible election.

According to him, "five units of mobile policemen will be deployed in each of the senatorial district to ensure adherence to the restriction, 10 mobile units will be on standby in each of the local government.

"Twenty armoured patrol vehicles will also be deployed, while members of the counter terrorism unit will also be on ground to provide security at the polling units and collation centres".

He warned that any politician found with large sum of money on the day of the election would be arrested.

On adequate security for the riverrine area, he said the restriction on movement on water would be enforced, as no boat would be allowed to move around on the election day apart from those on electoral duties.

On his part, Jega said more than ever, INEC was ready to conduct a free, fair and credible election that would be a template for the nation. According to him, INEC had been collaborating with security agencies in the country to ensure a free and fair election.

"The election will be peaceful and successful, we have done our best as INEC to make the election free and fair. The Edo State election was acknowledged as the best we have conducted.

"We have learnt a lot of lessons from Edo and we have factored in the lessons. We are committed to ensuring that Ondo State election is the best conducted so far".

Be the first to reply!

Post a Comment