NIGERIA DECIDES 2019: POLICE AND ARMY IN ABIA TO FISH OUT FAKE PERSONNEL DURING ELECTIONS; ARREST BALLOT BOX SNATCHERS.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia
DIG Anthony Ogbizi conferring with commander 14 brigade, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim with CP Etim Okon at a meeting with stakeholders on the election
For mischief makers planning to storm polling units or collation centres in the guise of security outfits on Saturday’s elections, they may begin to think twice as the police and army have strategised on how to fish out fake officers.
The Deputy Inspector General of police , Anthony Ogbizi and brigade Commander of 14 brigade Ohafia, Brigadier general Abdul Ibrahim both said the agencies have put in place measures to check and identify fake officers following reports received from the last elections.
While Ogbizi stated the dress code for the police for the election, and warned that any policeman caught on a different uniform from it will be sanctioned, the brigade Commander said their choice of uniform will be revealed to their men on that day.
DIG Ogbizi while admonishing his men, told them not to allow the miscreants whose stock in trade are ballot snatching and disruption of the electoral process by ensuring they cooperate with sister agencies to stop the acts or even arrest culprits.
“Don’t allow the thugs to have their way at the polling units causing breach of peace, you can call for back up when the situation is getting out of hand”, he said.
” Don’t tell me that the thugs were carrying cutlass and so you will allow them get away, other security agents around should help you.”
According to him, punishment for the thugs should be extended to their sponsors, saying “we do not want outburst of violence.”
He however complained of lack of adequate personnel support from the other security outfits and encouraged their heads to send those listed for the various polling units.
He pointed out that challenges recorded in the last elections were mainly orchestrated by late arrival of materials and INEC officials at the units, thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes, and card readers mal functioning.
The Brigade commander, Abdul Ibrahim made it clear that the Army was apolitical and will maintain the highest decorum even in the coming election.
He however said that does not mean the men will just stand by and watch while miscreants disrupt the process, saying “our role is to support the police in this election by providing secured atmosphere for citizens.
On his part, the state Director of DSS, begged for proper synergy among the security agencies for results to be achieved.
The meeting had in attendance heads of other security agencies in the state, representative of IPAC and Muslim and Christian communities.