Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, has issued a new directive.
He directed state Commissioners of Police to tidy up their case files on electoral offenders in the 2023 general election for onward submission to the Independent National Electoral Commission for prosecution.
According to him, while case files of electoral offenders would be handed over to INEC, the police are already prosecuting those who committed other offenses on election day.
The IG, represented by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Election Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Basil Idegwu, stated these in Abuja on Tuesday during a one-day conference on ‘Political parties, 2023 elections and the future of democracy in Nigeria”, organised by the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos, with support from the European Union.
The post-election conference was to present the observation report of the general election.
Idegwu said, “We want to commend all those who made the election a reality and for the role they played, especially the security and intelligence agencies who worked closely with the police, in ensuring that the mandate of securing the election was carried out successfully.
“The Inspector-General of Police has instructed the Commissioners of Police to tidy up their case files and then forward those case files of electoral offenders to INEC office for prosecution and, those who committed other offences will be prosecuted by the police and that is already in progress at the moment.”