Security agencies in Nigeria have intensified surveillance across the country to prevent civil disruptions ahead of the official release of polls results, a senior police officer said.
Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu in a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos on Monday, warned against unauthorized announcement of election results, especially by social media users, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was authorized to do so.
The police boss said he had directed the zonal and state police chiefs to ensure adequate post-election security arrangement in their areas of responsibilities.
He made the remarks against a backdrop of an alarm raised by one of the political parties calling on the electoral body to declare its presidential candidate, as winner of Saturday’s presidential election.
More than 70 million Nigerians on Saturday went to the polls to elect a president who will lead Africa’s most populous country for the next four years.
The voters also elected federal lawmakers who will represent them at the National Assembly for the next four years.
There are 73 presidential candidates on the ballot, but the contest is between incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The sorting, counting and collation of the presidential and national assembly elections results are still on-going across the country.
The exercise was peaceful generally, but marred by isolated cases of violent fracas, irregularities and other acts of electoral malpractice in some states.
In northern state of Kaduna, the police has warned that it would deal decisively with persons and groups planning to stage any form of protest or procession in the state.
The ban on protests in the state was still in force and would not condone any attempt to breach the order with the aim of destabilizing existing peace, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, the state police chief told reporters.
Eight settlements in Kaduna were attacked by unidentified gunmen on Feb. 15, with more than 130 persons killed. Enditem