The Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has constituted a 64-man Special Investigative Unit for Electoral Offences ahead of the forthcoming general elections, slated for March 28 and April 11.
This information is contained in the daily bulletin of the Independent National Electoral Commission obtained by our reporter in Abuja, on Friday.
The newly constituted unit is headed by a Commissioner of Police, Nwodibo Ekechukwu of the Legal Section of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Department, the bulletin said.
It added that Mr. Ekechucku would be assisted by two Coordinators, Tafida Sale and Imo Orok for the Northern and Southern regions respectively, six team leaders, 29 members and 26 support staff.
The two coordinators, Messrs Tafida and Orok are Assistant Commissioners of Police.
According to the bulletin, the special investigative unit is set up to stem the tide of electoral violence that may pose a threat to the 2015 general elections.
It said a letter announcing the setting up of the unit, dated February 16, was conveyed to the Chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega.
The bulletin said the letter was signed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, FCIID, Solomon Arase.
“The I-G said the unit was set up to ensure that electoral offences were not only detected but diligently investigated and prosecuted in collaboration with the commission,” it stated.
The bulletin further explained that members of the unit will be divided into teams to take charge of each of the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
The Police Force is a constituent part of the Interagency Consultative Committee for Electoral Security, ICCES, set up by INEC to review and manage issues of security concerns that have to do with elections.
The Armed Forces, the State Security Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps among other agencies are also parts of the ICCES.