Election: Nigerian police warn politicians against vote buying

Ag. IG of Police Mohammed Adamu
Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu

The Police have warned politicians to desist from vote buying on election day or face the wrath of the law.

The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Administration, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Usman Tilli, gave the warning in Gombe on Tuesday while addressing stakeholders.

He said vote buying on election day was an offence and the police would not leave any stone unturned to arrest anyone engaging in the act.

“You are free to buy your votes before the election but on the election day is not permitted because it is an offence,” he said.

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The DIG, who is also in charge of the election in North East, said the police would give a level playing ground to all political parties.

“We want a situation whereby there would be no fighting and snatching of boxes.

“Nigeria is the giant of Africa. International observers are coming to write for or against us so, we should not destroy ourselves,” Tillli said.

He, further, urged politicians to be matured and play the game according to the rule.

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“You have chances of taking the matter to court after the election. Tribunal is awaiting for any complaint.

“Your cooperation is needed to ensure that election is conducted without rancour,” he said.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mukwashi Bello, said the police had put a lot in place from the force headquarters down to the states to ensure hitch-free elections.

He also assured of peaceful conduct of elections and the safety of lives and properties of the citizens of the state.

Malam Iro Dan-Musa, Director, Department of Security Services (DSS), Gombe State, said the security agencies in the state were working in synergy to ensure relative peace in the state.