2023 Polls: What IGP Baba Orders Commissioner Of Police To Do


Ahead of the 2023 General Elections, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered all Commissioners of Police in charge of State Police Commands to ensure adequate and strategic deployment of officers and assets ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This was as he noted that political violence, hate speech, threats, political intolerance, misinformation, and political extremism are all potential threats to our democracy and national security interests.

Accordingly, IGP Baba directed all State Police Commissioners to work in synergy with other members of the ICCES to reduce occurrence and threats of violence to its barest minimum with swift prosecution of violators of extant electoral laws.

He also charged them to coordinate, deploy, and supervise officers from other security agencies scheduled for election duty, in accordance with ICCES directives.

The IGP particularly directed the Commissioners to fortify all facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within their respective areas of responsibility and to ensure the safety and security of INEC personnel and materials before, during and after the 2023 General Elections and forestall attacks on INEC facilities especially now that electoral materials are being relocated to such facilities.

The Police boss also ordered the Commissioners to promptly activate the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) so as to engage all stakeholders in evolving strategies for mitigating threats to the 2023 General Elections.

Similarly, the IGP has ordered a fresh distribution of gadgets, anti-riot gear, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for Police Officers across the federation in preparation for the 2023 General Election security management duty.

He said the items include non-lethal weapons such as electro-shocks, rubber bullets, water cannons, tear gas, riot guns etc, for crowd control and to minimize casualty risk in eventual confrontations with subversive elements.

While reaffirming the commitment of his administration to the protection of our democratic heritage and national security interests, IGP Baba called on other security agencies and stakeholders who constitute ICCES, as well as members of the public, to deliberately aid the Nigeria Police Force in its drive to ensure the safety and security of all and sundry before, during, and after the 2023 General Elections.



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