2015 Elections: Policemen know, and will protect your rights – IG assures

By Post Nigeria March 27, 2015 22:34

2015 Elections: Policemen know, and will protect your rights – IG assures

The Inspector General of Police Mr. Suleiman Abba, has assured Nigerians of their safety during and after the polls, adding that personnel have been sensitized on human rights laws, with officers having a pocket size copy for easy reference.

The IG made this known during an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Hausa service today, stating that the Police Force has appraised itself of every flash point in the country.

“What we have done is to sensitize our personnel on roles expected of them; every Policeman on duty has been given a copy of the human rights law, in manual copy, made available in pocket size for easy reference.”

Abba noted that the Police Force is also collaborating with the Military to guarantee the protection of lives and property in every nook and cranny of the country, most especially the North East, and all IDP camps.

“What we have done in those flash point areas, particularly the North East is to collaborate with the Military even in the IDP camps to beef up security and we have also increased our patrol teams to make sure that those areas are well protected including those areas recently liberated.

“So long as members of the community have gone there, and normal activities have returned, with INEC having gone ahead to provide polling units, we will provide security”.

He disclosed that voters will be screened in order to guarantee the safety of the people due to the previous threat by insurgents who had threatened to make the citizenry boycott the polls.

When asked what measures have been put in place to guide against the Police being influenced by politicians, he pointed out that the Police had been trained to be fair and non partisan.

“If there is any misconduct at all, the right thing to do is to report the officer to his senior, or INEC officials in charge of the polling unit”.

He added that erring officers would be sanctioned appropriately.