The Anambra State Police Command Wednesday entered into a pact for peaceful conduct of the 2019 elections with leaders of various political parties in the state.
The peace accord was signed at the Police Headquarters in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
Mr. Garuba Baba Umar, the state Commissioner of Police, said the idea was to ensure peace before, during and after the elections.
Umar promised that the command under his watch would maintain absolute neutrality and professionalism in line with internationally acceptable best practices as well as to provide a level playing ground for all political parties in the state.
He said that the command would not leave any stone unturned in order to ensure the success of the election.
To achieve that, Umar noted that the command had initiated strategic action plan in accordance with the vision and mission of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu.
He listed some of the vision and mission as training and capacity building of officers and men of the command on election security and respect for human rights, partner with all sister agencies for effective coverage, identifying all the polling units and flash points for effective deployment, among others.
He advised the leadership of the various political parties in the state to call their supporters to order and be of good behaviour during the voting exercise.
Umar assured them that the command was already putting necessary measures in place to ensure the success of the polls.
He pledged that police would ensure a level-playing ground for all parties fielding candidates and warned youths to avoid being used as political thugs for the elections.
He asked the political parties to play by the rules of the game by exploring an internal mechanism to resolve their grievances in order not to heat up the polity.
In their separate speeches, the state chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Basil Ejidike, and the state coordinator, Atiku/Obi Campaign Council, Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze, commended the exercise and urged the state security agencies especially the police to maintain neutrality and arrest whoever is involved in vote buying and selling during voting.