The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has insisted that ‘policemen’ alleged to have disrupted the governorship poll in parts of Bayelsa and Kogi States were “fake” and not the personnel officially deployed for election duties.
There had been reports from different quarters alleging that some police officers had aided thugs in disrupting the November 16 elections in the states.
Adamu on Tuesday stated that all security personnel, who worked during the poll, had “special identification tags”, adding that anyone without the tags was on illegal duty.
He made this statement while speaking with State House Correspondents after President Muhammadu Buhari and security chiefs held a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He added that an investigation was ongoing, while 11 arrests had been made.
Addressing the issue of the helicopter sighted dropping teargas during the election in Kogi state, the IGP said it was deployed for crimes prevention purpose.
Adamu explained that the helicopter which was on patrol had to intervene to stop those fighting and snatching ballot boxes.
He said the police prepared heavily for the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states because the outcome of its security trend assessment had revealed that there would be violence in the two states.