The Inspector General of Police IGP, Usman Alkali Baba, is set to meet with all registered political parties and their candidates over the spate of election-related violence in the country.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Commissioner and Chairman of its Security Committee, Maj. Gen. Modibbo A. Alkali (retd), stated this in a statement released on Saturday.
He said the meeting between the IGP and the political parties is to specifically reiterate the importance of peaceful campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The INEC Commissioner added that the Police boss would also meet with the presidential candidates and inform them of the enforcement measures to be taken against election violators.
Alkali said the meeting was part of resolutions taken at the emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) held at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.
He also disclosed that the ICCES meeting resolved that security agencies will upscale intelligence gathering, sharing, and utilization of the same to stem further sabotage.
Alkali said other resolutions include the deployment of joint Security and Safety Teams to all INEC assets and facilities nationwide forthwith.
The statement read: “In addition to the measures already taken for the arrest and prosecution of offenders, the Inspector General of Police, as head of the lead agency in internal security, shall convene a meeting of all political parties, candidates, and other critical stakeholders to reiterate the imperative of peaceful campaign and to convey the enforcement measures to be taken against violators.
Decisive lawful action shall be taken 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. Those already arrested will face prosecution immediately.’’