Jonathan gives 2,564 patrol vehicles to police for elections
In a bid to demonstrate total commitment to ensuring peaceful and violence free elections in the country, President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday inaugurated 263 police patrol vehicles and also appealed to political parties to shun violent conducts.
The Vice President, Namadi Sambo speaking on behalf of the president said the approved vehicles would assist the police “to provide the needed security and enhance their operations to ensure the conduct of free and fair elections.”
Sambo said “The procurement of these vehicles is aimed at boosting the capacity of the Nigerian Police Force to deliver effectively, efficiently and appreciably.”
“A well equipped and adequately motivated police force will assist in no small measure to assist in ensuring the security needed in the drive to economic growth and development of Nigeria.
“In view of the strong commitment of government to provide for the Police within available resources, it is my hope that the gesture by government will be reciprocated by assisting Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in ensuring the conduct of free elections this month. It is also expected that the deployment of these operational vehicles will translate to enhanced surveillance of our communities in order to improve security.”
He further urged Nigerians to embrace peace and unity despite their political leanings adding that this would definitely help the efforts of the government to achieve a peaceful poll.
“I call on the politicians, the aspirants their supporters and their sympathisers, to eschew all forms of violence and unlawful practices, both in words and conduct, before and after elections.
“Let us eschew any form of violence, we should condemn any form of violence before, during and after elections, we should know that elections will come and go but Nigeria will remain as one nation and one people,” he said.
The Inspector General of Police IGP, Sulieman Abba also speaking confirmed that 2,564 operational vehicles were approved by the president, but the first batch of the patrol cars comprising 170 Nissan hard body patrol pick up vans, 129 Nissan Frontier Double Cabin patrol vehicles, 50 Nissan Patrol 4WD SUV, 10 Toyota double cabin Armoured patrol vans and four Ford 550 model 4X4 state-of-the art Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, are ready for commissioning.
He added that the remaining vehicles will be available before the elections, which is two weeks away.
“Delivery particularly when it is on production, you can’t make conclusions, but the most important thing is that the contract has been signed and the supply is coming from an indigenous company.