13th February, 2015
The Assistant Inspector- General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Mr Joseph Mbu, has urged officers and men of the police to ensure they man their duty posts during the general elections.
Mbu made the call on Thursday in Abeokuta while addressing the officers during his maiden visit to the headquarters of Ogun Police Command.
The Zone comprises of Lagos State and Ogun Police Commands.
He said the call had become necessary to prevent politicians with ulterior motives from hijacking election materials particularly, at polling centres.
“You must ensure that you take effective charge at your various beats or the polling centres to which you may be posted.
“Officials from the army and other security agencies that you may see there are to help you.
“The police have the primary responsibility for ensuring violent-free polls.
“You are in charge and you must perform your duties professionally; you must be bold and brave.”
The AIG, who urged the policemen to shun indiscipline, warned that any officer found wanting in the discharge of his or her duties would be severely punished.
“Please note that our role during these elections is critical and our actions or inactions could make or mar the elections,” he said.
Mbu also urged the electorate and politicians in the zone to play by the rules in order to avoid being arrested by the police.