By G9ija

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has cautioned security operatives, including policemen on election duty to be professional.

He also warned politicians against actions and utterances that could be inimical to a free, fair and credible election.

The IGP warned that the full weight of the law would be meted out to anyone who engaged in any electoral fraud, including violence, vote-buying, ballot box snatching, hate speeches and other unwholesome practices capable of undermining the peace and stability of the electoral process.

The force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in a statement on Wednesday titled, ‘Ondo poll: IGP cautions politicians against violence,’ said the IGP assured the people of Ondo State of adequate security measures during the exercise.

The statement further said, “The IGP has charged all police officers and other law enforcement agents deployed for the election to act in accordance with the Electoral Act and other extant laws guiding their overall conduct before, during and after the elections.

“He warns that police officers and officers of other law enforcement agencies found acting contrary to their oaths of office or in aid of illicit electoral practices will be strictly and personally held liable with dire legal consequences.”

Meanwhile,  the Deputy Inspector-General of Police,  Mr Adeleye Oyebade, on Wednesday declared that there would be no room for electoral violence before during and after the Ondo State Governorship election.

Oyebade added that the police were battle-ready for miscreants who might want to cause trouble.

He said, “We will remain neutral, professional, fair to everyone and respect the fundamental human rights of every citizen irrespective of their political affiliation.

“We will not abdicate our constitutional responsibilities. We will provide, in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission and other security agents, adequate and all-inclusive security for all INEC staff, materials, party agents, election observers and monitors.”