IGP distributes election guidelines’ handbook to officers

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the distribution of over a million copies of a handbook produced by the Nigeria Police Force, titled, ‘Revised Standard Operational Guidelines/Rules for Police Officers and Other Law Enforcement Agents on Election Security Duties’, ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

The 36 paged handbook contains a page for the details of the officer to whom it is issued, a foreword by the IGP, rules on general conduct, duty parade, briefing and debriefing, dress and accoutrement, managing political parties’ convention and rallies, crowd control, use of force and lethal weapon, escorting and protecting election materials, the procedure of arrest, command and control and other salient electoral security rules.

The strategic distribution covers the force headquarters, zonal and state police commands, formations and trickles down to units of the force and divisional police stations, to ensure that every police officer gets a copy of the guidelines for ease of reference before the commencement of deployments.

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In a statement obtained by our correspondent, the Force Spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the IGP had also ordered distribution to the presidency, Ministry of Police Affairs, Police Service Commission, the military, and all other security agencies engaged alongside the police in election security management based on their expected deployment for the elections.

Adejobi said, “The IGP reiterates his expectation that the police and other security agents involved in election security management, will find the handbook to be a valuable operational companion which could act as a standard in holding them accountable in the line of their electoral duties, as all hands must be on deck to actualise the mandate and commitment of the NPF to have free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.”

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