The Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (rtd), has dispelled fears making the rounds that some officers of the Nigerian Police have sold themselves to politicians intent on circumventing the forthcoming elections in Edo and other states of the federation.
The minister gave the assurance, weekend, during a workshop for candidates of political parties vying for offices in the elections, where he pointed out that the police personnel were well trained and experienced to meet with any security challenges.
Olubolade who pledged that the police would exhibit neutrality said that such fears were misplaced as their conducts in recent elections were commended by local and international observers.
He, however, warned that the police would not take kindly to any attempt to use its personnel to circumvent the wishes of the people by desperate politicians in their desire to win elections at all costs.
“The police will not condone violence, thuggery or any form of electoral malpractice and will remain visible throughout the process to enforce law and order and to protect lives and property at all times.
“Terrorism and all acts linked to it are alien to us and must not be allowed to become a permanent feature of our society. We must therefore become part of the concerted efforts by security agencies to nip it in the bud by providing useful information on suspicious characters living among us”, he said.