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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has issued an immediate redeployment order for the Commissioner of Police overseeing election duties in Adamawa State, Mohammed Barde.

Additionally, the IGP has instructed the Commissioner of Police in charge of Gombe State, CP Etim Equa, to promptly move to Adamawa State to oversee election security for the yet-to-be-concluded supplementary governorship poll.

The information was disclosed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, during a press briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.

Adejobi also mentioned that the IGP has not received any letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) requesting an investigation and prosecution of the embattled Resident Electoral Commissioner in Adamawa, Hudu Yunusa Ari.

The FPRO also said the IGP is committed to a free and fair process in order to ensure the peaceful conclusion of the governorship election in Adamawa State.

He said: “The IGP has given directive that the commissioner of police on election security in Adamawa State, CP Barde should pull out of Adamawa State and the commissioner of police in charge of Gombe State, CP Etim Equa to proceed to Adamawa immediately, to go and supervise election and provide necessary information and ensure that the process is a success.”

All Nigeria Latest News had reported that INEC had on Sunday suspended collation for the Saturday supplementary governorship election in Adamawa after Ari announced Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner over the incumbent, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

INEC had immediately summoned Ari to Abuja and declared his announcement an invalid declaration and an usurpation of the powers of the collation and returning officer.

The electoral umpire also said it will write the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to probe and prosecute Ari but the police are yet to get the letter.

Before the collation exercise was suspended on Saturday night, results from 10 LGAs had been announced — and Binani was trailing Fintiri.

The collation of results from the remaining 10 LGAs was expected to commence by 11am on Sunday, and Mele Lamido, the returning officer for the Adamawa governorship election, was not present when Ari announced Binani as the winner of the election.

According to the constitution, Lamido is the rightful official empowered to declare the winner of the election.

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