Be professional, neutral—Police chief

 The Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police  Zone Six, Tunde Ogunsakin, has called on policemen on election duty in Rivers State to be professional and neutral while carrying out their responsibilities.

Ogunsakin made the call while addressing a special team of mobile policemen  in Port Harcourt, the state capital, yesterday.

Also in his speech, the Election Duty State Commissioner of Police (CP), Hassan Hosea Karma, strictly charged them to ensure that peaceful and credible elections are conducted in their respective locations without any loss of life.

The AIG, who said that today’s election was crucial to all Nigerians, warned against policemen escorting politicians in and out of polling units.

He said a monitoring team had already been set up to monitor the activities of the men on duty posts.

“The success of this election rests squarely on you doing what mobile policemen are known for. Election is a divine moment to find out whether you will be rewarded with promotion, rewarded for doing what is good and right or whether you will be punished for doing what is wrong.

“You are directed to go out there to be fair to all the parties and do your work as professional policemen.

“You are going to be posted to eight different areas for action. We are not unaware that some criminals are planning to cause trouble.Wherever you find yourself, you are supposed to be as agile as possible and  deal  with anybody that will cause a breakdown of law and order.

“We are going to set up monitoring police units as directed by the Inspector General of Police. Policemen that escort politicians will be arrested and dealt with. Not only the policemen that will be dealt with, but also their principals. Politicians should take note of this and do what is right.

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