New Sheriff in Town: Arase takes firm stance against electoral violence

By Post Nigeria April 23, 2015 10:43

New Sheriff in Town: Arase takes firm stance against electoral violence

The new Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, has warned Nigerians that electoral violence in areas earmarked for rerun elections on Saturday would be not be tolerated.

Arase who gave this warning after receiving the mantle of leadership from the outgoing IGP, Suleiman Abba, said Nigeria has had enough electoral violence, stressing that he would do anything humanly possible to resist it.

“I must however re-emphasize that as a nation, we have had enough of electoral violence.

“Therefore, under my leadership, we shall work closely with INEC and other strategic stakeholders to ensure that such acts will not only be defined as intolerable, perpetrators will be identified, isolated and brought to deserved justice.

“To the unrepentant felons, that may want to put our common will to test, the message is being relayed here loud and clear, that in securing the law abiding, we shall also not hesitate to deploy our potent assets to deal firmly and decisively with deviants.

“Consequently, while the unique intelligence assets of the Force will be deployed to proactively support our operational plans, there shall also be massive deployment of men and materials to the affected areas in order to assure the law abiding citizens, prevent social disorder and create a secure environment for the qualified electorates to exercise their franchise.”

Also speaking, the outgoing IGP, Suleiman Abba urged Nigerians who he had offended in the course of his administration to forgive him and move on.

“Let me first and foremost congratulate Solomon Arase for your appointment as the Acting Inspector General of police. Let me say with every sincerity of purpose, it is a well deserved appointment. Not only for the management of the Force but also for Nigeria as a whole.

“Meaning that I wish him well and confident that he will do much better from what you are meeting.

“I want to thank Mr. President for appointing me as IGP and for also seeing me out at this time because I believe God knows the best. I want to say that I want to move on with my life believing that life has steps and journey.

“I want to move on with my life. But while I am doing that, I also want to seize this opportunity to appeal to those who for any reason we have offended, perhaps due to improper judgement to have an understanding of the nature of policing globally. I still appeal for understanding.

“The elections are almost over. I want to seize this opportunity to thank all including stakeholders for making the election not only a reality but for making it credible.”