2023: Police train personnel in election security management

2023: Police train personnel in election security management

By Yakubu Uba, Maiduguri.


The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has commenced the training of officers in election security management, ahead of the 2023 general elections.


The training was organised by the NPF, in collaboration with Solar Security and Consult Company Ltd.


In a speech at the onset of the training for North East on Monday in Maiduguri, the Lead Facilitator and former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, said that the training was an initiative of the incumbent IGP, Alkali Baba.


Arase said the IGP, like other stakeholders, was impressed by the performance of the police in the recent staggered elections and wanted  to sustain the tempo during the general elections by filling the gaps identified in past elections.


“IGP Alkali Baba felt that his officers and men have been doing very well in the staggered elections but 2023 election is going to be more challenging because of the massive deployment the police have to do.


“He felt that his officers are acquainted with the new Electoral Act and also imbibed the tenets of working together with other organisations,” he said.


Besides, Arase said that the training would give room to the participants to air their views and recount the challenges they faced, so as to enable them to initiate measures to tackle them.


Speaking on behalf of the Borno State Government, Mr Isa Izge, the Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, commended the initiative, describing it as timely.


Izge said that the state government was poised to support all the measures taken to improve the police and other security agencies in the discharge of their duties.


A representative of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mrs Zara Umar, and that of the Civil Society Organisations, Mrs Lucy Yunana, also lauded the initiative.


The theme of the training is: “The 2023 General Elections: Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secure and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria”.


It is aimed at enhancing the operational capacity of the police, while addressing factors that could inhibit their optimal delivery of election security mandate.

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