2015 Elections: IG of Police vows to block politicians with criminal records‎

Acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has said that politicians with criminal records would be stopped from contesting the 2015 general election.

Mr. Abba, in his maiden meeting with Commissioners of Police in the 36 states and other senior officers in Abuja on Wednesday, said the force would collaborate with other security agencies to achieve the goal.

“During screening of candidates, we will collaborate with our colleagues, particularly the Department of State Services, to ensure that candidates with criminal records are not allowed to contest the election,” he said.

Fielding questions from journalists before the meeting went into a closed-door session, Mr. Abba said the force was poised to provide adequate security for the elections.

“We have made adequate arrangements to make sure that the police provide sufficient security for all the activities leading to the election and election.

“These activities have started and they include the registration of voters, primaries, conventions and the campaigns by all the political parties and candidates.

“In all these activities, the police will ensure that adequate security is provided for those involved, including the INEC and party officials,” he said.

Mr. Abba said the police are playing a role in the ongoing counter-terrorism operation.

“The police, who are in charge of internal security, cannot be relegated to the background though the military is present in all the states of the federation.

“They are performing their responsibility in support of the civil authority, the police.

“The states where they are more visible are the areas where their support is most needed,” he said, and added that the police were more visible in internal security.

Mr. Abba said one of 20 personnel said to be still missing in the attack on Police College in Gwoza, resurfaced on Monday and gave an assurance that others would soon be located.



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  • Andybest

    A de lough oh, but not d candidates the president ve interest in.

  • Adoki

    These people should stop all these smokescreen. If you want to do your job, just do it; stop vowing. It is not the one that you would just create noise so that the aspirants with criminal records will now start running to you to settle matter. All this kind of media sensation is like reminding the politicians that they should remember to budget for other ‘miscellaneous’ as well while they are making their campaign budget. So stop this commercial advert; or just go ahead and do your J-O-B.

  • endingNaija

    Mr. AIG Please start with your employer: President Goodluck Jonathan. Then Nigerians will take you serious-otherwise keep your “efforts” to yourself. Sir, if you need examples, I will reel them out to you. Buy you know them. All Nigerians know these examples. So? First arrest your employer-Goodluck Jonathan and make your pledge REAL!

  • redeem

    Thank God the AIGP is still on acting capacity——–probation———–its very- very sad–to say the least- for us to see such vision-less officers being asked by government to head the entire police force————the man is very empty—empty to a fault———————–he does not even know why he was appointed as head of the police force—we have road blocks all over the country———milking motorist————-the crime rate is yet to go down—- now u want to take on additional responsibilities——————so that the same politicians would say u were sent by Jonathan to chase them about the country abi——-?———-something Ribadu ati obj could not do—————–now u want to put yr janjaweed head into it–have u been able to solve the boko haram issue? No wonder u posted an Ijaw man to head the animal section of the police———————-a whole AIGP is now in charge of police dogs———–that shows the type of respect u have for the SS———————–animal

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Another source of money for the Acting IGP! Very soon all politicians and political aspirants with criminal records will line up to fill Mr Sulaiman Abba’s ‘donation’ box with huge sums of money to redeem themselves. Nigerians with their ‘corner-corner’ way of enriching themselves!

    • walejohnson

      Not only that, how will he prevent the PDP governors, majority of who have criminal records , not to contest in this elections. They have given Jonathan automatic ticket and inturn they too will be given the same tickets. A lot of them want to go to senate next year. The IGP is overwhelmed with his new post. He is talking big. Pls ask him to intervene in what is happening in River State where the police forced the door of their court open to install a judge! Ekiti has just witnessed another trouble where pro-Fayose beat up a judge without police interventions. The impunity in Nigeria is beyond any imagination.