Anambra Election: IG Orders MOPOL to be Ruthless with Violent Youths, Political Thugs

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By Our Reporter
As governorship election holds in Anambra state in November 6 even in the face of security crisis, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Alkali Baba, on Wednesday ordered the Police Mobile Force (MOPOL) to be ruthless in dealing with youths, political thugs and those who choose to be violent.
Baba told the MOPOL to spare no violent element who wants to frustrate the electoral body from conducting a credible and transparent election.
The IG warned that squadron commanders who was found to be lacking in capacity in dealing with violent elements and political thugs would have himself to blame.
According to him, every commander must demonstrate capacity to deal with violent elements for a transparent election to be achieved.
Speaking during a meeting with MOPOL Squadron Commanders in Abuja he said the election security action plan would revolve around units of the MOPOL.
He said, “As you are aware, the Anambra State gubernatorial election will hold on 6th of November, 2021. The election security action plan will, as usual, revolve around units of the Mobile Police Force.
“The import of this is that the task of securing our democratic values and guaranteeing a safe, secure and credible electoral process in Anambra State will rest squarely and majorly on some of you, the squadron commanders here seated and some of your units.
“Most of your operatives will be deployed to deter subversive elements that are planning to threaten the process, while others will be deployed to secure personnel and materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as other critical national infrastructure.
“You must remain apolitical while being ruthless with violent elements and ill-guided political thugs that may wish to test our common will to deliver a transparent and credible electoral outcome.”
“Much as I am determined to motivate you to advance your mandate as the striking arm of the force, let no one of you be in doubt about my resolve to deal decisively with any squadron commander that lacks command capacity as well as those who are unwilling to key into our mission of reforming the PMF and repositioning the force.
“Discipline, professionalism and operational excellence are the bedrocks of the PMF. Any personnel that is deficient in any of these has no justification to remain within PMF system, as they are not only dangers to the force but to the nation.
“Accordingly, we shall not spare any PMF operative that continues to conduct himself or herself in manners that are not edifying of the Nigerian Police Force.
“Consequently, the AIG PMF has been directed to put machinery in motion to identify and rationalise such incorrigible elements out of the PMF.”

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