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Electoral violence’ll no longer be tolerated, new IGP warns

Posted: Apr 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja
Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, has warned those who have plans to engage in electoral violence in the areas where re-run elections would be held on Saturday to desist from the nefarious plots.
Arase stated that Nigeria has had enough of electoral violence and he would do everything in his capacity as the IGP to put an end to it.
He made this warning in his maiden speech after he has received the mantle of leadership from the outgoing IGP, Suleiman Abba on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the outgoing IGP has said he Speaking at the handover ceremony in Abuja, Abba said: “Let me first and foremost congratulate Solomon Arase for your appointment as the acting inspector general of police. Let me say, with every sincerity of purpose, it is a well deserved appointment. Not only for the management of the force but also for Nigeria as a whole. Meaning that I wish him well and (I am) confident that he will do much better from what you are meeting.
“I want to thank Mr. President for appointing me as IGP and for also seeing me out at this time, because I believe God knows the best. I want to move on with my life believing that life has steps and journeys.
“I want to move on with my life. But while I am doing that, I also want to seize this opportunity to appeal to those who, for any reason, we have offended, perhaps due to improper judgement, to have an understanding of the nature of policing globally. I still appeal for understanding.”
On his part, Arase reiterated that: “We have had enough of electoral violence. Therefore, under my leadership, we shall work closely with INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) and other strategic stakeholders to ensure that such acts will not only be defined as intolerable, perpetrators will identified, isolated and brought to deserved justice to act as deterrence.
“To the unrepentant felons that may want to put our common will to test, the message is being relayed here loud and clear, that in securing the law-abiding, we shall also not hesitate to deploy our potent assets to deal firmly and decisively with deviants.
“Consequently, while the unique intelligence assets of the force will be deployed to proactively support our operational plans, there shall also be massive deployment of men and materials to the affected areas in order to assure the law-abiding citizens, prevent social disorder and create a secure environment for the qualified electorate to exercise their franchise. “