Police: Anyone That Disrupts Elections Should Be Ready To Die

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has warned against disruptions during the governorship and state assembly polls on Saturday.

Ahead of the elections, there is heightened tension among political parties and their supporters, fuelling fears of election-day violence.

Police commands across different states have however assured Nigerians of adequate security as they troop out to perform their franchise.


John Amadi, deputy inspector-general of police in charge of the south-east, on Thursday asked residents of the geopolitical zone not to “entertain any fears”.

“The police are there to protect the system,” he said during a briefing in Umuahia, Abia state capital.

“Anybody that wants to put himself into problem or [get] involved in thuggery would have himself to blame. Anybody that wants to snatch ballot boxes or disrupt the elections will be promptly dealt with.

We have deployed our men to dominate all the areas that we think that trouble would erupt from. So we are sounding a note of warning to criminals and non-state agents that we would not tolerate anything that would not allow the people cast their vote and chose who they want to represent them.

“Anybody that wants to disrupt the system should be ready to die and anybody that wants to die should come out and disrupt the system. If you love your life keep away, cast your vote, go home and wait for the result.”

The police chief urged the Abia electorate to disregard any threat to stop the elections while stating that officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be adequately protected.

He pledged the readiness of the force to maintain neutrality during the polls, saying the police do not belong to any political party.


The police command in Zamfara has cautioned politicians against seeing the elections as a do-or-die affair.

Kolo Yusuf, commissioner of police in the state, made the remarks when leaders of political parties signed a peace accord in Gusau, the Zamfara capital.

“I am happy that all critical stakeholders are here to endorse the peace accord,” he said.

All the security agencies in the state are working in close synergy and are uncompromising in providing the conducive security environment for the conduct of a free, fair and hitch-free election by INEC and for voters to exercise their franchise freely.

“The police command under my watch, leading other security agencies in election security management, is determined to remain neutral, apolitical, professional and will provide the level playing ground for all political parties and actors in the state.”

Usman Baba, the inspector-general of police (IGP), had earlier ordered quasi-security outfits to stay away from election-related activities nationwide.

The IGP also directed a restriction of vehicular movement between 12am and 6pm on Saturday.

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