Following the declaration of the gubernatorial elections inconclusive in Taraba, Imo and Abia States, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will be conducting a runoff election in those states today, 25, April 2015.
In regard to that, Nigeria’s newly-appointed Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has pledged to hold senior police officers responsible for any breakdown of law and order during rescheduled elections in Taraba, Imo and Abia States on Saturday.
According to Arase, who was appointed on Wednesday to replace Suleiman Abba, the police were doing everything possible to create an enabling environment for the elections.
He said that the force had already done massive deployment of its officers, including Deputy Inspector Generals of Police, Assistant Inspector Generals of Police and Commissioners of Police, to oversee the elections in Yobe, Taraba and Imo.
“They are under strict directive that this time, whatever lapses we have noticed in the previous elections will not be tolerated this time around.
“I am going to hold them personally liable if they allow any breach or infringement of the rules and what we have told them to do,’’ Mr. Arase said.
Mr. Arase, who made the remarks during a visit to the chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, on Friday, said the police were already investigating violent cases recorded during both the presidential and the governorship elections, adding that those involved in criminal content would be prosecuted.
“Those that fall within the purview of INEC, we are compiling them so that we can forward them to you and also give you the platform to ensure that this people are prosecuted no matter the parties that are involved.
“I am sure that this will serve as a deterrent for future elections so that we don’t have a situation where people take the law into their hands thinking that they can work away with it. I can assure you of that,’’ Mr. Arase said.