The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has directed all Commissioners of Police and strategic commanders posted for the governorship and State Houses of Assembly election duties to mobilise all resources at their disposal to defend the electorate.
Baba also directed the police personnel deployed for election duties to protect officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, sensitive materials as well as the electoral process during the conduct of the elections slated for March 11, 2023.
This was in furtherance of the meeting earlier held with strategic police managers to discuss and review topical issues and strategies for a more secure electoral process, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Police Force, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday.
Adejobi said, “Similarly, the IG has ordered strategic deployments in accordance with the developed standard operating procedure for polling units to ensure maximum protection against intimidation, harassment, and assault on law-abiding citizens during the electoral process.
“He equally charged all election commanders in various states to take up complaints of intimidation, harassment, and assault reported by individuals/groups for proper investigation.
“The IG, therefore, assures all Nigerians, particularly electorates and INEC officials that the NPF is in synergy with other security agencies to ensure adequate security and protection of fundamental rights nationwide.”