The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Friday sounded a warning to those planning to cause trouble during the governorship election that holds in Ekiti state, western Nigeria, on 21 June.
His warning came 24 hours after a shoot-at-sight order given by the country’s military authorities to anyone who tries to truncate the election on that day.
Abubakar, according to a statement from Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, also directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, Michael Zuokumor, to relocate to Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital to ensure adequate police presence and coordination of all security operations for the election in all polling units and collation centres in the state.
The Inspector-General, who met with police management team at the force headquarters, assured Nigerians of a peaceful governorship election in Ekiti state.
“All trouble makers and anti-social elements should stay away from Ekiti throughout the period of the election as the Police will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person, no matter how highly placed in society, who flouts the law or causes a breach of the peace.”
The statement said Abubakar also instructed all police officers assigned to election duties in Ekiti State to ensure they work in line with the police Code of Conduct and international best practices.
He further called for cooperation from indigenes and residents of the State during and after the election.