The Commissioner of Police in Abia State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force, CP Bala Mohammed has warned that it is the statutory duty of the Police to ensure the protection of the lives of the contestants, electorate and electoral materials.
Subsequently, CP Bala handed down this advice on Tuesday in Umuahia while flagging off the occasion of the signing of 2023 election peace accord, stating “This onerous task spans from the electioneering period till after the conduct of the election.”
In his words; the peace accord is “aimed at reminding them of their constitutional duties and rights before, during and after general elections in the state as there is also the need to sensitize the electorate on the dos and don’ts associated with the electoral process hence the collaboration of the media, national orientation agency etc.”
IsL source, Nigerian Tribune gathered that CP Bala noted that the political stakeholders and contestants are expected to adopt a level playing ground and carry out their political activities “peaceably, devoid of hate speech, violence. destruction of opponent billboards/posters having in mind that there is life after the election.”
“It is further expected that the political aspirants and their party faithful should politick within the ambits of the law as the electoral act provides guidelines for the conduct of all and sundry before, during and after elections.
“Similarly, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as an umpire is expected to treat every player equal. Together, we shall achieve free, fair and credible general election come 2023,” he said.