Gubernatorial Elections: Police vows to deal with perpetrators of violence

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


The Katsina state Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force says it has adequately prepared for the Gubernatorial and state house of Assembly elections in the state.

The Katsina state Police Command Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Gambo Isa gave this assurance while answering questions from Voice of Nigeria in Katsina state, North West Nigeria.

The Police spokesman stressed that Police is in conjunction with other security organisations such as the Prison Service  NDLEA, Road Safety, Immigration, Custom and DSS to ensure a hitch free election.

According to the Katsina state Police Public Relations Officer, “in fact because in Katsina state we have some local government areas that have been identified as front line areas where we are experiencing pocket of armed banditry because of our borders with Zamfara state. For example local government like Jibiya, Batsari, Safana, Dan Musa, Sabuwa, Dandume, Kakara. These are local government that spread along this rugu forest which extend to Zamfara on this axis and Niger Republic on the other side with Kaduna state, this Birni Gwari. 

“As we are aware, there is ongoing crackdown against this bandit from Zamfara state. There is a kind of exodus of this bandit into katsina state, so we have already prepared with other sister security agencies more especially the Military, Air Force and the Nigeria Army. We have strategise, some of strategic I will mention them here but some of them I will not because of security reasons”, he explained further.

SP Isa revealed that they have developed sizeable number of their personnel alone those areas so that voters will exercise their franchise without any rancour.

He also explained that the Command has deployed a considerable number of Mobile Police to those areas in case of any eventuality.

The Police spokesman who refused to disclose the number of personnel deployed for the polls in the state because of security reasons, assured that, they had large number of deployment for the exercise.

SP Isa who hinted that all hands are on desk with other sister security agencies in the state to record a hitch free exercise, promised that exercise will be violent free as the Presidential and the National Assembly own.

The Command spokesman noted that the Inspector General of Police has issued a kind of template and men and officers were trained on how to be no partisan during the polls.

“As far as the Nigerian police is concerned, we are not member of any political party and we don’t patronize, all the political stakeholders, political parties, we see them as one and we treated them fairly and equally. So we are partisan or political and it go down up to the last Constable in the police is aware of this”, SP Isa stressed.

He further explained that Commissioners of police were deployed to each of the three Senatorial districts and twenty personnel from the Police Service Commission were also in Katsina to supervise the conduct of the police during the elections in Katsina state.

While noting that all their personnel will be under strict supervision, SP Isa also said that anyone found one thing will dealt according to the rules of the game.

SP Isa emphasised that there will be total restrictions of movement of vehicles, “we have place some restrictions orders from six o’clock in the morning to six in the evening”.

The Katsina state police image maker who warned politicians not to go to the polling unit with their security details, made it clear that anyone found in such act will be dealt with in line with the Nigerian law.