By TERYIMA ANDREW-
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of north central, Godwin Nwobodo for the Saturday Presidential elections has assured Nigerians that police will protect human and material for a free and fair conduct.
DIG Godwin Nwobodo gave the assurance Friday in Jos, at the Plateau state police command, while addressing over 5000 officers and men of the police command who were ready at the time of briefing to take off for election duty across the state.
The police chief revealed that any police officer found contravening electoral laws risk been dismissed from service after due investigations.
“All officers on election duty must ensure law and order at their duty post during and after the polls, this in an emergency and national assignment, whoever (Police) is found wanting shall face due punishment, which might lead to outright dismissal.” He warned.
DIG Nwobodo equally warned police officers to aide any politician to rig the elections, he warned that police shall be strict, in accordance with international best practices in election conduct.
He however commended the Plateau state police command for adequate preparations, saying he was impressed with the level of preparedness he witnessed on his arrival at the police command.
DIG Nwobodo appealed to Plateau electorates to be peaceful, assuring that police in collaboration with sister security agencies shall ensure safety of all citizens.
The police boss said Democratic governance have come to stay in Nigeria, therefore Nigerian citizens must ensure that Democratic rules and principal are guided.
Earlier, Plateau state commissioner of police, CP Isaac Akinmoyede said in an address that, police officers have been posted to all polling unites and other flashpoints that are likely to have civil unrest.
The CP Akinwoyede told the DIG that all allowances of police officers on election duty have been duly paid.
Meanwhile, foreign and local election observers posted to Plateau state for the forthcoming elections visited the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau state council on Friday and fraternized with Journalists.