The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, has ordered the police to remain on red alert ahead of the announcement of the presidential elections late on Monday, in order to forestall the breakdown of law and order by potential trouble makers.
A press statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Force Spokesman, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, said that Abba charged the officers and men of the force to “remain vigilant, steadfast and firm,’’ as the nation awaits the announcement of the results.
According to the statement, the I-G also warned “would-be trouble makers ahead of the declaration of results of the Presidential and National Assembly (NASS) elections to have a rethink of their intentions.’’
It said that the I-G assured the public that the police was ready to provide “round-the-clock security’’ even beyond the election period.
It said that Abba, therefore, advised citizens to go about their lawful businesses without entertaining any fear or threat to them from any quarter.
The I-G, the statement said, further commended the police personnel who were deployed in various locations across the nation for the purpose of the election “for their professional conduct during the exercise.’’
The police boss, it said, also commended the electorate for their unalloyed cooperation with law enforcement officers and orderly conduct and commitment to peace throughout the elections.