2023 Elections: Police Cautions Governors Against Frustrating Opposition Parties’ Campaign

The Nigeria Police Force, has warned State Governors against preventing opposition political parties from holding their electioneering campaigns in their State.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, Operations, Ɗandaura Mustapha, stated this at the 2022 political parties’ summit, which was held in Abuja.

Mustapha, who represented the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali-Baba, added that State commissioners of police had been directed to ensure that all political parties were given free space to campaign in states.

He said the Police had received several complaints of attacks on political parties in states during campaigns.

The Police Chief, however, said that some Governors deserved commendations for demonstrating political tolerance, while others deserved condemnation for their attitudes.

Mustapha noted that the Commissioners of Police have been directed to arrest all the hoodlums no matter where they belong to; whoever is sponsoring them, we will arrest them, charge them to court, that is a clear instruction”.

Also, the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said the anti-graft agency is working with INEC and other security agencies to curb vote-buying and ensuring that political parties comply with campaign spending limits as set by the Electoral Act.