The Police Service Commission (PSC) has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of police officers during Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State.
Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He said that a team of officials from the commission monitored the election and visited 12 local government areas in the three senatorial districts of the state, covering 77 polling units.
He said that the team received 51 telephone calls from its advertised dedicated lines, conveying complaints basically on attempts to induce voters.
He said that the election witnessed a reasonable distribution of policemen at various polling units, ranging from three to about 12 officers, depending on the size of the unit.
Ani said that in the polling units, the policemen were complemented by officers from the Department of State Services (DSS,) Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
He also said that the joint task force of mobile policemen and soldiers were seen at major highways and junctions across the state.
Ani said that many police officers of the rank of inspector were mostly seen at the polling units.
“The police officers were civil, polite and respectful and they arrived early at the place of assignments.
“The commission’s team ran into an officer with F/No. 454246 at one of the polling units in Okitipupa who politely rejected monetary inducement to the tune of N50,000 to allow thumb-printing for voters who failed to turn up for voting.
“The commission will investigate further this commendable conduct of the officer and if confirmed to be true, will consider rewarding him, and it will equally visit disciplinary measures on those officers found wanting,” he said.
Ani commended the leadership of the Nigeria Police for providing the needed security and ensuring peaceful election in Ondo State.