Bayelsa Governorship Election: Arrest Politicians Involved In Vote-Buying - IG To Police

Bayelsa Governorship Election: Arrest Politicians Involved In Vote-Buying - IG To Police

Mohammed Adamu who is the inspector-general of police has asked officer to arrest any politicians involved in vote-buying in the coming Bayelsa governorship election. gathered that the police chief spoke at the police command in Yenagoa on Thursday, November 7.

He noted that vote-buying remains illegal and that those arrested will face the wrath of the law.

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He said: We are used to elections. We have done a lot of elections and we know the rules and regulation. We want to encourage you to maintain what you have done during the last general elections.

“At the general elections, the police were adjudged the best. Different organisations of international observers came to my office to give us commendations. The feat should be repeated.

“You should be neutral and should not allow anybody to entice you with anything that will make you do what you are not supposed to do. It is when you engage in what you are not supposed to do that you enter into problems.

“So, you should try to be professional in your polling units. Make sure you protect all the INEC materials in your polling units. Protect the INEC officials and make sure nobody is molested.

“After the electorate cast their votes, you are supposed to follow the officer to where he would submit his results and ensure that nothing happens to the results.

“At the collation centre, you are supposed to remain there to beef up security and ensure the process is not disrupted. You will remain there until the result is announced.

“At the course of doing your work if you sight anybody trying to use money to influence voters, make sure you act immediately to arrest that person because that is an electoral offence.

“Campaign should not be done on the election day. Before you go on election duty, we will make sure you are adequately taken care of with all your allowances paid. We will send the money to your account.

“That has been done. We did not do it only for the election day, we made it eight days so that even after the election day, you will still be around. We are sending senior officers to make sure if there is any challenge, you will report to them.

“Some commissioners of police will join the police commissioner here. Also, a deputy inspector-general of police will come down. So, you have all array of senior officers you can channel your complaints to.” �n~`%HX

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