The Nigeria Police Force has advised political parties and candidates to involve security agencies during their plans to organise campaign rallies.
Naija News reports that the Force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, made this known on Monday in reaction to the anxiety sparked by the terror alerts issued on Sunday by the United States Embassy in Nigeria and the British High Commission in Nigeria.
The campaign councils of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP) and the Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) have called on the Police leadership to beef-up security across the nation following the alarm of a possible terror attack in Abuja.
Reacting, Adejobi advised political parties and their candidates to always inform the police of their meetings and campaigns, and work with the police to fortify their campaign grounds to forestall any attacks or breakdown of law and order.
He added that the parties are expected to seek the services of police anti-bomb unit to always sweep their campaign grounds, and work with the police and other security agencies for crowd control and traffic control.
He said, “Political parties and candidates are urged to put the police in their plans, get us informed about your activities to assist the police in their deployments to provide security for them as required.
“Political parties and candidates should inform the police of their gatherings and campaigns, and work with the police to fortify their campaign grounds to forestall any attacks or breakdown of law and order.
‘’They’re expected to seek the services of police anti-bomb unit to always sweep their campaign grounds, and work with the police and other approved security agencies for crowd control, traffic control, which are very crucial.’’
Adejobi, however, assured Nigerians that the police leadership is working really hard to secure the nation, adding that more deployments will be made to enhance national security.
He said: “We will jack up our deployment for political activities considering the number of participants, for crowd and traffic control etc. So we need to work with them (parties) for better security during the electioneering process.”