Genuine and comprehensive reforms and reorganisation of the Nigeria Police Force, including an overhaul of police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the disbandment of some special units have already commenced, acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu has said.
Outlining plans for immediate capacity building training on democratic policing and election security management, he also said the police will work very closely with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to tackle thuggery and other electoral offences as part of strategies to ensure highly credible elections.
At his inaugural conference with the top echelon of the NPF, including states’ Commissioners of Police at Force Headquarters in Abuja on Monday, the acting IGP emphasized that police professionalism and operational tremendous competence affects the credibility of elections.
“All states’ Commissioners of Police are to “galvanize their personnel and mobilize logistics towards ensuring a peaceful and credible outcome of the general elections,” he said, adding that all law-abiding political actors must be secured and offenders must be punished.
“Indeed, in order to ensure that such offenders are conclusively brought to justice, the DIG FCIID has been directed to set up Special Election Investigation Teams (SEIT) that will be tasked with the exclusive functions of taking in custody and undertake detailed investigation of all arrested electoral offenders across the country.
Credit: Jide Babalola