Supplementary Polls: Police assures of peaceful election


The Kano state police Command has assured it readiness to provide adequate security in the coming Saturday’s supplementary elections that will hold in some parts of the state.

The commissioner of police that was posted to the state to cover the elections, CP. Muhammad Usaini Gumel gave the assurance on Friday while addressing officers of the Command at the Command’s headquarters in Kano.

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The supplementary elections in Kano are scheduled for constituencies of Fagge, Tudun Wada / Doguwa House of Representatives and the fourteen (14) House of Assembly seats for Ajingi, Danbatta, Dawakin Tofa, Gwarzo, Gezawa, Makoda, Takai, Ungogo, Warawa, Gabasawa, Tudun Wada, Gaya, Wudil and Garko.

The commissioner said that it’s in the record of the Nigeria Police Force that a total of 489 major electoral infractions occurred during the February 25 and March 18 rounds of elections, leading to the arrest of 781 offenders and the recovery of 66 assorted firearms.

“The summary indicates that a total of 185 major electoral offences were reported during the presidential and National Assembly elections with 203 arrests made and 18 firearms recovered.”

He noted that all police commands have been directed by IGP to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in ensuring that all these electoral offenders are expeditiously and transparently prosecuted not only in the interest of criminal justice delivery but in furtherance of the vision to sanitize the country’s democratic space.

According to him 2000 police officers would be deployed to various places and that “During this upcoming supplementary election that is going to hold in some parts of the State, not only foot soldiers would be arrested and punished, but all those who sponsor thugs.

“It’s expected that this time politicians and all the relevant stakeholders in our electoral processes will be on the same page with the Police and other relevant security agencies by upholding their pledges of being transparent, peaceful and as well as playing politics in accordance with the rules.

“They must not only shun violence but also ostracize their members who might want to engage in any form of violence. We must collectively and at individual levels also educate our youths on the dangers of allowing themselves to be used by desperate individuals.”


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