Police boss warns officers against handling election materials

Hundreds of security personnel of military, police, DSS, and para military officials deployed to man election centres across Kano have been warned against interfering with election materials and other elections issues apart from security.

“Any security official found interfering with elections materials if not protecting them; I mean by way of counting, holding ballot boxes, or snatching election materials and other duties directly for the INEC officials, is doing an illegal act and should have himself to be blame,” said Kano Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Idris, who is the chairman of the Security Consultative Forum in the state.

He spoke to a parade of officers to be deployed to various polling units across Kano.

Mr. Idris said anybody in the name of security seen at election centres without INEC tags should be arrested and brought to the Police Headquarters.

Mr. Idris said security personnel were to provide security only at these centres.

“All the agencies involved in these elections have a responsibility to secure election materials and protect INEC officials,” he said. “Under no circumstances, should police or any other security official handle ballot boxes, papers or any sensitive materials or even counting ballot papers.”

The police commissioner noted that security should wait and allow election officials to conduct everything to do with elections and should be alert to every suspicious movement with quick response. He said they should remain at their posts until elections are over, papers signed and handed to them for security records.

Similarly, the chairman of the security consultative forum warned Police Divisional Officers to desist from taking favours, gratifications or any assistance from Local Government Chairmen, community elders and other important personalities.

“Any DPO found collecting monies from any Political office holder or appointee he will be decisively dealt with,” he said. “Everybody on the day of elections is on his own. Security should not rely on anybody they should be on their own they should not seek, look or ask for favors. At this point all police orderly attached to political and other classical people of high reputes would be withdrawn. Nobody will be allowed to have security on that day. Governor and other important personalities, orderlies will not be close to election centers.”

The Police Commissioner assured that heavy security presence will be at pooling units as at 5am to after the elections and materials are taking away.

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