The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 7, AIG Aishatu Abubakar, has appealed to traditional rulers and religious leaders to ensure peace prevails in their various domains during and after the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Niger State.
Abubakar, deployed to the state as AIG Election Zone 7, made the appeal while briefing journalists on the level of preparedness of the command for the polls in Minna, the state capital.
She noted that identified lapses observed during the presidential and National Assembly elections would be prevented during Saturday’s polls to ensure acceptable and credible outcome of elections in the state.
The AIG, who is in charge of Niger State and the FCT, admonished political stakeholders in the state to conduct their activities within the confines of the laws of the land, Electoral Act and guidelines of their respective party constitutions, saying, the corporate existence of the country is above any other interests.
“You are, therefore, required to restrain and coordinate your respective supporters in such a manner that their activities do not constitute liability to the security of Niger state,” she said.
She also called on residents of Niger State to exercise their franchise in a peaceful manner in the coming governorship and house of Assembly elections.
Abubakar revealed that a total of 6, 505 police officers and men have been dispatched alongside 3, 358 personnel of other security agencies to cover the election process in all polling units in the state for a free, fair and credible polls in the state.
She urged the media in the state to exhibit strict adherence to the code of conduct by being objective, balanced and unbiased in their reportage while assuring journalists of maximum protection.
According to her: “I have received briefs, interacted with officers, visited the INEC office on level of preparedness and satisfied with the readiness. We assure of adequate provision of security before, during and after the polls.”