Don't Follow VIPs to Polling Units - IGP tells Policemen

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed the police officers attached to VIPs across the country not to follow the VIPs to Polling units or move around with them on election day.

He also directed the Election Intelligence Monitoring Team to intensify constant surveillance, intelligence gathering and monitoring of security personnel deployed nationwide.

The IGP who gave these directives on Friday in a statement issued by the Force spokesman, Assistant Commissioner of Police Frank Mba, warned officers deployed for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections to remain apolitical and nonpartisan.

Mba said Adamu has directed the deployment of Deputy Inspectors General of Police to the six Geopolitical zones to ensure adequate security in their areas of supervision.

He added that the IGP has also directed Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the 12 Zonal Commands and the Commissioners of Police in the 36 state commands and the Federal Capital Territory to beef-up security.

He said the Special Election Investigation Team should ensure discreet investigation of electoral cases and diligent prosecution of all electoral offenders.

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