Faith Aghaeze, Abuja
The Inspector General of Police, IG, Solomon Arase, has confirm that only three people lost their lives during the Bayelsa Supplementary election , contrary to rumoured speculation that about 15 persons lost their lives.
The police boss ,who stated this during the week when he played host to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh Lai Mohammed in his office in Abuja, vowed to unravel the misery behind the killings and bring perpetrators to book soonest.
Arase said the police under his leadership was being driven by rule of law, accountability, technology and intelligence-led policing.
He said the police had embarked on projects aimed at enhancing the technical intelligence of the force to strengthen its operational capacity.
He further stress that the police was also vigorously pursuing policy frameworks targeted at situating functions within rule of law and fundamental rights.
He said that in order to sustain public confidence, the force had established the Compliant Response Unit (CRU) to monitor police misconduct.
The IG said since inception, the CRU received and processed 1,268 complaints from members of the public.
He noted the platform had been efficient in deterring officers from corrupt practices and communicating feedback to complainants.
He commended the minister for deploying the ministry’s broad network to support the police in its community partnership.
Mohammed, in his response, had called on the Nigeria Police Force to provide 24-hour security for broadcast stations across the country.
He said his visit to the Police was to formally convey the message of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) to the IG to provide 24-hour police protection to its members across the country.
“BON’s members during a meeting last week in Abuja, asked me to implore the Inspector-General of Police to provide 24-hour police protection, at no extra cost, for the premises of their organization”, he said.
The minister said the broadcasting organisation had agreed to partner with the Federal Government in its National Security Awareness Campaign.
“This will make them more vulnerable to possible attacks, and aggravate the already tough conditions under which they operate. The BON Executive Secretary will work with the police by supplying the addresses of all broadcasting establishments to be so protected”, he said.
Mohammed said his ministry would also like to request the support of the police in the impending campaign against corruption and the values reorientation campaign.
He insisted that the military had decimated the Boko Haram insurgents, adding that the insurgents were now attacking soft targets like markets, worship centres among others.
Mohammed urged the police to step to protect liberated areas by liaising with critical stakeholders.
He called on Nigerians to support the fight against terrorism adding that it was not a war for the military alone.