The Inspector-General of Police,
Suleiman Abba, on Thursday
warned voters to go back to their
homes after casting their votes on
Abba, who addressed accredited
observers for the general
elections in Abuja, said the
possibility of committing electoral
offence was very high if voters
stayed back at the polling booths
for votes to be counted.
He said that each polling unit
would have at least two or three
policemen to protect the votes
cast by the electorate.
The IG said, ‘‘Two to three police
officers will be attached to each
polling unit, and we would provide
more officers for the collation
centres and for the managers of the
“We will go on to protect the
electorate. Every eligible voter
should feel safe enough to cast his
votes. We will be there to protect
the votes and make sure no one
disrupts the process.
“Cast your votes and go and cool
down. If you remain there, there is
a likelihood that you will commit
The police chief advised political
parties and their candidates to
abide by “one agent to a polling
unit,” which the electoral act
“Asking voters to wait and protect
their votes implies taking the law
into their own hands. It is
unacceptable,” he said.
Abba said the police were aware of
threats by some politicians to
declare parallel election results
and warned that his men would
deal with such act within the ambit
of the law.
He added, “We have heard some
people are threatening to declare
election results; we hope it is not
true. If you don’t accept the
declared result by INEC
(Independent National Electoral
Commission), the best way is to
proceed to the tribunal.
In advanced democracies, people
don’t take the law into their own
hands but resort to tribunals.
“The refusal to accept the result
and resort to extrajudicial activities
is a threat to the electoral process.
But where they don’t heed the
appeal, the police will act within
the law to protect the electoral
The IG said that the police would
be loyal to the country, the
constitution and all democratic
activities before, during and after
the elections in which 56,000
Nigerian Security and Civil Defence
Corps officials and 129,000 non-
regular personnel would be part of
the security arrangements.
While disclosing that the police
have “arrested thousands of thugs”
and “recovered hundreds of
firearms” he condemned the
recruitment of miscreants by
politicians to achieve their goals.
Abba noted that lateness in
commencement of voting, delay in
the provision of electoral materials,
rigging and manipulation of results
were serious threats to electoral
He advised INEC to fasten the
process of accreditation of voters
on election days.
The IG also said in a statement on
Thursday that he had ordered
tight security around all key and
vulnerable points, including the
headquarters and offices of INEC
and media houses.
Also to witness improved security
are Internally Displaced Persons
camps, service provider
installations, banks, hospitals,
National Youth Service Corps
lodges, hotels and government
The measure, according to him, is
to ward off possible attempt by
hoodlums to attack such places .
Abba urged the public to remain
steadfast in collaborating with
policemen to stamp out crimes, “as
the police have perfected
strategies to prepare a safe and
secure ground to guarantee hitch-
free March 28 and April 11, 2015
Efforts to speak with the APC
spokesman, Lai Mohammed, did not
yield result as calls to his
telephone rang out.
He also did not respond to a text
message sent to him.
Meanwhile, Abba has called for
improved synergy between the
police and para-military agencies
under the Ministry of Interior for
enhanced security during and after
The IG made the call when he
visited the Minister of Interior, Abba
Moro, to strategise on better ways
of guaranteeing security during the
He commended the efforts of
security agencies in assisting the
police in protecting lives and
property, saying a lot has been
done to ensure that security
officers deployed for the polls
adhered to best practices.
The minister also expressed
satisfaction with the synergy
between the paramilitary
agencies and the police.
He noted that the rivalry that had
earlier existed between the men of
the NPF and other security agencies
had been curbed.
“I am pleased to note that the
networking between the police
and the para-military services
during your tenure is
commendable,” Moro said.
The minister announced that 56,000
NSCDC personnel and 129,000 non-
regular personnel of the Nigerian
Security and Civil Defence Corps,
would be mobilised for the
He also appealed to the IG to beef
up security in Agatu Local
Government Area of Benue State
where Fulani herdsmen killed over
80 people last Sunday.