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New police unit to maintain order ahead of poll

16 September 2014, 19:37

Abuja - The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, has approved the establishment of Elections Security Planning and Monitoring Unit ahead of next year’s general polls.

Emmanuel Ojukwu, Force Public Relations Officer, said from the Force Headquarters in Abuja this was part of the efforts to strengthen the security of the electoral processes in the country and ensure sustainable democracy and national development.

Ojukwu added that the unit a Commissioner of Police in the Department of Operations will head the unit and will be responsible for development of frameworks, processes, strategies and systems necessary for election security, planning, monitoring and management.

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The police spokesman said other duties of the unit include conducting elections security threat assessment, coordinating election security training, developing and implementing guidelines for the conduct of Police officers engaged in election duties.

“It will also collaborate with strategic stakeholders, Community-based and Civil Society Organizations as well as Non-Governmental Organizations and International Development Partners in ensuring free, fair and credible elections within a secure democratic space in Nigeria,” said Ojukwu.

He said the acting IGP assured the general public of the determination of the Force and other security agencies to bring about hitch-free elections in 2015 and beyond.

Ojukwu said the IGP called on the support of all Nigerians, the political class, strategic partners, corporate establishment and all stakeholders towards actualizing this objective.

  – CAJ




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