17th March, 2011
The Nigeria Police Force says it will discipline and prosecute any policeman who violates its Code of Conduct for the April general elections.
Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police for Zone 6, Calabar, gave the warning on Wednesday while addressing newsmen in Abakaliki.
â€œThere is the electoral law. And soon the police will come out with its code of conduct on what is expected of policemen during the elections.
â€œAny police officer who violates this law will be disciplined, demoted, dismissed and possibly prosecuted, depending on the gravity of his offence.
â€œThis is why I am in the state to talk to them, advise them and instruct them on what to do,â€ Abubakar said.
According to him, two policemen will be deployed to each polling unit in the country to provide safety, security and orderliness during the April elections.
â€œWhere there is a shortfall, other security agencies will complement the police in providing security at the booths,â€ he added.
Abubakar said all policemen deployed for the elections would be paid some allowances.
â€œWe do not expect any state government, local government or politician to pay the policemen any allowance during the election.
â€œThe police are fully prepared for the elections. The performances of the officers and men will be monitored,â€ the AIG said.
He explained that his presence in Ebonyi was to find out the level of preparation of the Command for free, fair and credible elections as well as ascertain their challenges.
â€œI have briefed the men and officers of the command on what is expected of them before, during and after the elections to enable the police perform creditably.â€™â€™