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Kogi Poll: IGP Arase Reads Riot Act To Police Officers

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has threatened to deal decisively with anyone that violates the electoral law during the Kogi State governorship election holding on Saturday, November 21.

He stated that he would not spare political thugs, including security personnel that engaged in any act that could compromise the integrity of the election on Saturday as well as that of Bayelsa State governorship slated for December 5, 2015.

Arase, who held a meeting with the Squadron Commanders, Mobile Police Force at the Force headquarters on Monday in Abuja, admonished them the officers and men of the force to situate their operations within professional ethics.

He said, “As we drive the process, however, let me warn that any person that attempts to test the will of the Force by engaging in any act that negates the electoral law or engages in any crime with intent to detail or compromise the integrity if the exercise will be isolated and firmly death with.

“In the same vein, I must warn all police personnel and other security agencies that will be deployed to complement the Nigeria Police to situate their operations within professional ethics as any personnel found to be engaged in any act demeaning of their official callings will be similarly dealt with.”

The IG pledged to ensure a credible, transparent and violence-free poll, adding that the police would work with other security and emergency response agencies as well as Independent National Electoral Commission officials.