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Parties warned against tarnishing police's image

03 July 2014, 07:34Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Police urged politicians to desist from making false allegations against members of the force.

This follows accusations of misconduct by the All Progressives Congress (APC) against security men in the recent Ekiti State gubernatorial election.

According to a statement by Frank Mba Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters Abuja, the viewed the remarks of APC as "unkind" and "misleading."

A spokesperson of the opposition party recently claimed that a particular political stalwart held a meeting on the eve of the election with a so called Strike Force comprising the army and police and instructed them to protect the interest of their benefactor.

" The Force therefore, strongly refutes this improbable allegation and warns politicians to desist from promoting such deliberate falsehood,” Mba said.

He said Police High Command again commended its personnel that participated in the policing of the Ekiti gubernatorial elections for their unparalleled professionalism displayed during the exercise.

“The police authorities believe that these virtues of selflessness and dedication to duty contributed in no small measure to the overall success of the widely acclaimed free and fair election.”

Mba added that police officers only took lawful orders from their commanders.  

“The Police High Command expresses gladness that at no stage of the election was any case of professional misconduct or partisanship reported against any Police officer, rather, the officers exhibited a high standard of discipline, fairness, civility and political neutrality all through the process."

He said the force advised politicians and other stakeholders to respect the wishes freely and voluntarily expressed through the ballot in a rancor-free atmosphere by the people of Ekiti.

“The Police Force is neither a political party nor affiliated to any such group and therefore should be left out of partisan politics to enable it freely discharge its mandate of protecting the integrity of the electoral process dispassionately,” he said.

- CAJ News

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