Gubernatorial Re-run: Jega implores Police IG to crackdown on Government officials

By Post Nigeria April 25, 2015 15:39

Gubernatorial Re-run: Jega implores Police IG to crackdown on Government officials

Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman, the Independent National Electoral Commission, has called on the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to arrest Government officials, candidates and politicians moving around with private guards during the supplementary elections presently ongoing.

Jega made this known when the acting IG visited him at the INEC headquarters Abuja.

The INEC Boss pointed out that the attitude by some of the aforementioned groups of people contributed to the cancellation of elections in the affected states.

He added that the refusal to adhere to this rules earlier, made the commission to declare the governorship polls in Imo and Abia inconclusive.

    “Some of the challenges we faced during the recent governorship elections were associated with the refusal of Government officials, candidates and politicians to comply with the election rules.

    “This phenomenon was largely the cause of the problems in particularly Imo and Abia states.”

Jega used the medium to congratulate the new acting IG, Arase for his appointment and noted that the immediate-past IGP, Suleiman Abba, had worked cordially with the Commission which contributed to its success in the 2015 polls.

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The new acting Inspector General of Police in his remarks said he was at the Commission’s headquarters to assure them of its preparedness towards the supplementary elections ongoing in Nigeria.

Arase stressed that the Police will work round the clock with other security agencies to avoid chaos as perpetrators of the election violence would face the wrath of the law.

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The IG after been appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan as acting inspector general of police three days ago, assumed duty one day after appointment.

Until his appointment as Mr. Abba’s replacement, Mr. Arase was the Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.