By Sola Omoniyi, Lagos
The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has approved an intensive two-day training programme for police personnel to be deployed for election duties.
A statement signed by the Force’s Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Wednesday, October 25, and posted on the official X handle of the Force revealed that this development is in anticipation of the governorship elections slated for November 11, 2023, in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.
The statement read, “This training initiative is designed to bolster their capabilities in ensuring peace, order, and security during the electoral proceedings.
“The scheduled training program is scheduled to be held in Bayelsa State on October 25th to 26th, 2023; Kogi State from October 27th to 28th, 2023; and in Imo State from October 25th to 26th, 2023.
“The central objective of this training exercise is to furnish our law enforcement personnel with the requisite knowledge and competencies to guarantee a tranquil and secure electoral environment.”
The statement further read that the Nigerian Police Force will closely collaborate with other pertinent security agencies, electoral stakeholders, and the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure the safety of voters, electoral officials, candidates, and the general public during the off-season elections.
The IGP also appealed to political parties and candidates to conduct their campaigns and activities peacefully, abiding by the tenets of democracy and the sanctity of the rule of law.