The Federal Government, on Thursday, deployed security operatives at all the facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2023 elections.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, disclosed this during a meeting with the chairmen and leaders of political parties at the Force headquarters in Abuja
This decision followed an upsurge of attacks on some facilities of the commission in the country.
Baba at the meeting also directed the security services to enhance intelligence gathering and sharing while utilise the same to address acts of political violence.
He noted that the police would collaborate with other security agencies to address the issues of hate speech and other violations.
He said: “On our part, and as an outcome of the ICCES meeting, the Nigeria Police Force working in collaboration with other security agencies have resolved to enhance intelligence gathering, share and utilise same to stem acts of political violence; upscale the deployment of security teams to all INEC assets and facilities nationwide with teams drawn from the police, Nigerian Army, Department of State Services, Nigeria Civil and Security Defence Corps and the Federal Fire Service to take decisive lawful action against purveyors of hate speech, incitement to violence, mobilisation of thugs and other violations, including the prompt arrest, investigation, and prosecution of offenders in line with the provisions of Sections 92 and 93 of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.”
The police boss had also accused some governors of sponsoring violence in their states, noting that the force would take decisive action as regards that.
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