PSC deploys personnel to monitor Police officers’ conduct at Edo election, as IGP restricts movements

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By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos/

DETERMINED to ensure that Police officers deployed to monitor the conduct of the September 19, 2020 were not compromised by sleazy politicians, the Police Service Commission PSC has deployed some of its egg heads to the ancient city to watch over them.  This is happening even as the Inspector General of Police IGP MA Adamu has placed a restriction of movement ban starting from 11.45pm on the eve of the election to 6.00pm after voting on election day.  The idea of the restriction on movement source hinted, followed security reports that some politicians would be moving arms and ammunition as well political thugs to areas they are disadvantaged with a view to disrupting  peaceful conduct of elections in that areas. A separate statement signed by the PSC’s Head Media and publicity Mr. Ikechukwu Ani and the Force PRO DCP Frank Mba and made available to CrimeWorld assured peaceful and violence free elections in the state. According to Ani, “A high powered monitoring team of the Police Service Commission is already in  Edo State to Monitor the conduct of Police men on electoral duties during Saturday, September 19, 2020  Governorship election in the State. The team is led by Bar. Rommy Mom, an Honourable Commissioner representing the Human Rights Organizations in the Commission and also includes Hon. Commissioner, Austin Braimoh, representing the Media. The Commission has also released dedicated telephone numbers for complaints and commendation on the conduct of Police during the exercise. The numbers are: 07034072677, 08050517678; 08052265260”

Continuing, Ani added, “The Commission wishes to advise that all Police Officers on electoral duty in Edo State must operate within the law and rules of engagement as any infractions on the laws/rules guiding election policing by any officer will be investigated and appropriate sanctions given. The Commission has however received assurances from the leadership of the Police charged with maintaining peace and order during the election in the state that every security arrangement has been put in place to ensure hitch-free and peaceful polls.

On the IGP’s restriction order Mba said, “In line with concerted efforts at ensuring public order and safety, during the forthcoming Edo Gubernatorial election slated to hold on Saturday, 19th September, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 11:59PM on Friday, 18th September, 2020 – 6pm on Saturday, 19th September, 2020. The IGP notes that the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs and checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and other criminally-minded individuals especially from contiguous States from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes. He enjoins citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the Police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilized to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election”; adding, “While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IGP enjoins the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy. He however warns that the Force will not sit idly-by and watch citizens who may want to engage in any criminal act – violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other act (s) capable of compromising the electoral processes.”

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