The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has organised a one-day seminar in election security management, on curbing electoral violence for strategic police heads, military departments, other security agencies and stakeholders.
This was revealed on Sunday in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
“As part of the plans to ensure that officers of the NPF are adequately prepared to effectively police the 2023 general election, particularly officers responsible for strategic operational deployments and active field duties across the states of the federation.
“The IGP has directed the convergence of all heads of operations in the state and zonal commands at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday, February 20, 2023 at 9 am, for a one-day training seminar on practical approaches to curbing electoral violence within the election process.”
He further noted that the seminar has the theme, ‘The role of the Nigeria Police Force in Curbing Election Violence in Nigeria as it Affects the Upcoming 2023 General Election’. It will be attended by several strategic stakeholders.
“The seminar to be declared open by the IGP on Monday, will have in attendance Deputy Commissioners of Police in charge of operations at all zonal and state commands of the NPF.
“It will also have participants from the operations department of the military, and other security agencies involved in election security management, members of Civil Society Organisations, the media, youth representatives and the diplomatic community.”
The FPRO further noted that Professor Sunday Ochoche of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies would serve as a keynote speaker. AIG Wilson Inalegwu (retd.) and CP Lawrence Alobi (retd.) are also expected to be in attendance. This seminar will be organised by the NPF in conjunction with Central Soft Support Services.
The IG assured that the Police Force would collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure preparedness to deliver on its mandate. This is the provision of full security coverage before, during, and after the 2023 general elections.
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