As the gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States, scheduled for November 11, 2023, draw near, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, NPM, Ph.D., has given his approval for a comprehensive two-day training program for police personnel designated for election security duty. The primary objective of this intensive training is to enhance the capabilities of these officers to maintain peace, order, and security during the electoral process.
The training sessions are slated to take place in Bayelsa State from October 25th to 26th, 2023, Kogi State from October 27th to 28th, 2023, and Imo State from October 25th to 26th, 2023.
The fundamental goal of this training initiative is to equip law enforcement personnel with the knowledge and skills required to ensure a peaceful and secure electoral environment. The IGP has placed significant emphasis on the necessity of upholding the highest standards of professionalism and impartiality while strictly adhering to electoral laws and guidelines.
The Nigerian Police Force will work closely with relevant security agencies, electoral stakeholders, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to safeguard voters, electoral officials, candidates, and the general public during these off-season elections. The IGP has called on political parties and candidates to conduct their campaigns and activities in a peaceful manner, upholding the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
The Inspector General of Police reaffirms the commitment of the Police Force to providing a safe environment for the residents of Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States to exercise their democratic rights. He has called on all stakeholders and residents to cooperate fully with the Police and other law enforcement personnel deployed for election duty to ensure a peaceful and transparent electoral process.