By Joy Baba
The Nigeria Police high command yesterday refuted allegations of partisanship in the just concluded governorship election in the state.
A statement signed by the Force Public relations Officer, ACP Frank Mbah also warned politicians to desist from deliberate falsehood for political reasons.
The Force considered as unkind and misleading the remarks made in a television interview by the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who claimed that a particular political stalwart held a meeting on the eve of the election with a so called “Strike Force”, comprising of the Army, Police and DSS, and instructed them to protect the interest of their benefactor.
Mbah said the police high command also commended its personnel who participated in policing Ekiti state during the gubernatorial elections for their unparalleled professionalism noting that these virtues of selflessness and dedication to duty contributed in no small measures to the overall success of the widely acclaimed free and fair election.
“While noting that at all times officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force only take lawful orders from their commanders, the Police High Command expresses gladness that at no stage of the election was any case of professional misconduct or partisanship reported against any Police officer. Rather, the officers exhibited a high standard of discipline, fairness, civility and political neutrality all through the process, a conduct which Ekiti indigenes, election observers, the contestants and people of diverse socio-political leanings have attested to and applauded.
“The Force therefore wishes to advise politicians and other stakeholders to respect the wishes freely and voluntarily expressed through the ballot in a rancor-free atmosphere by the people of Ekiti,” he said.
He cautioned that the Police Force is neither a political party nor affiliated to any such group and therefore should be left out of partisan politics to enable it freely discharge its mandate of protecting the integrity of the electoral process dispassionately.