Ahead of the gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo States, the inspector-general of police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun has assured of adequate security of lives and properties during and after the elections.
The IGP stated this in a meeting with the commissioners of police and other senior police managers at the Force headquarters, Abuja on Thursday. IGP Egbetokun urged voters in the respective states to be law abiding and exercise their franchise without fear as the Police will be on ground to guarantee their safety.
He also tasked all commissioners of police and other tactical commanders to ensure adequate security in their formations as the Force will not tolerate attempts by unscrupulous persons to sabotage the economic revival in the country.
While speaking on the challenges facing the economy, the IGP said “we are all aware of recent government efforts towards economic recovery and growth through local and international engagements with investors and technocrats. The Nigeria Police Force is poised to support the efforts of the government by providing the needed security and enabling environment for all legitimate businesses and other economic activities in Nigeria.
“We are not leaving any stone unturned and will continue to be on our toes in ensuring that we play our role well in the efforts towards achieving economic recovery, growth, as well as social and political development of our nation. Consequently, all command commissioners of police and other tactical commanders are hereby directed to ensure adequate security is emplaced and sustained in their areas of responsibilities. Any attempt by an unscrupulous person(s) to sabotage the economic revival that our country is about to witness will be met with stiff opposition from all of us.”
On the achievements of the Police recently, the IGP said, “in the past five weeks, our committed officers have demonstrated relentless determination in upholding law and order. “Through meticulously planned and well-coordinated operations driven by actionable intelligence, the Nigeria Police Force has effectively disrupted multiple infamous criminal syndicates involved in organized crimes, leading to arrest of 288 armed robbery suspects, 187 kidnap suspects, 198 homicide suspects, 59 suspects for possession of prohibited firearms, 168 suspects involved in cases of rape, defilement and other sexual offences, 265 suspected cultists, and 1891 suspects for various crimes.
“A total of 127 firearms of different calibres, 612 assorted ammunition, and 89 stolen vehicles were recovered nationwide while 71 kidnapped victims were rescued unhurt and subsequently reunited with their families and loved ones within the same period of five weeks.”