- Ahead of the 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun state, the Nigeria Police Force has vowed to punish any erring police officers
- The police warned its officers to be professional in their conduct during and after the election
- The Force says unprofessional conducts during and after the election would be duly punished
The Nigeria Police Force has warned its men and officers that will provide security in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state to eschew fraternising with politicians or collecting bribe from them.
Abayomi Shogunle, the assistant commissioner of police in charge of Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), gave the warning in Osogbo on Tuesday, September 11.
NAN reports that he handed down the warning when he visited the correspondents’ chapel of the Osun council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
NAIJ.com gathers that Shogunle said any police officer caught with any unprofessional conduct before, during and after the election would be duly punished.
The assistant commissioner of police said PCRRU was established in 2016, adding that about 10 police officers had been dismissed, based on complaints.
He also said the response unit had recovered and returned about N11.1 million to victims who lodged complaints, after investigation.
Shogunle explained that team was in Osun to meet different stakeholders and sensitise police personnel against unprofessional conduct before, during and after the Osun election.
He said: “There is going to be a severe punishment for any police officer found guilty of any unprofessional conduct. We are here to ensure free and credible election.
“The Nigeria police is not supporting any candidate and our role is to ensure level playing ground for all the candidates."
He also warned politicians to desist from inducing voters during the election, saying the intelligence unit of the police would arrest anybody caught distributing money to voters on election day.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke, accused the ruling party, All Progressives Congres (APC) and the federal government of plot to rig election in Osun.
Adeleke, in a statement by his director of media and publicity, Olawale Rasheed, said both the APC and the federal government had taken several steps to plot the election rigging.
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