The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has issued a directive to all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands.
Usman ordered Commissioners to ensure that investigations in all cases of violations against the 2022 Electoral Act during the February 25th 2023 Presidential and National Assembly electioneering process are swiftly concluded.
The directive was given in a statement on Monday by the Police Public Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi.
The Police boss also ordered that the case files forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for prosecution.
The Police statement reads: “In a bid to ensure all-inclusive election security management and accord Nigerians benefits/leverage of active participation, to achieve free, fair, and credible Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly elections on 18th March, 2023, the IGP has tasked Strategic Police Managers to engage stakeholders in their respective jurisdictions through town hall meetings and other viable avenues.
“The Inspector-General of Police has therefore urged well-meaning members of the public to collaborate with the Police and other law enforcement agencies tasked with election security management, to ensure a hitch-free security architecture for all and sundry particularly the electorates, accredited observers, INEC officials and materials so that all citizens can exercise their franchise without molestation, harassment and security threats.”