The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has issued out a warning to all Commissioners of Police across the country, as well as other senior officers against partisanship during the upcoming 2019 general elections.
Penpushing reports that, the police boss gave the warning in a statement released to journalists by the Force Spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, on Monday in Abuja, and also ordered them to arrest and prosecute any party member or supporters in possession of firearms or dangerous weapons during campaigns and rallies.
He did not limit his order to his men, but also advised all political parties to abide by the Electoral Act 2010 as amended and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines.
“They are to prevail on their flag bearers, members, supporters and fans not to engage in any act or conduct that can incite violence,” he said, stressing that the force would not condone hate speeches, indecent and criminal conducts from any individual or groups.
Penpushing further reports that, the statement said that the directive followed the commencement of campaign by the various political parties for the 2019 general elections, adding that the police commissioners and their supervisory Assistant Inspector General of Police(AIGs) should protect and safeguard all venues of campaigns till the end of the period.
The release said that threat assessment and deployment of personnel to flashpoints and vulnerable areas have been carried out to prevent any friction, and also implored parents and guardians, traditional and religious leaders and their wards to be law abiding.