Monday Reuben, Abuja – The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has re-assured that the police will work in partnership with sister security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Alkali gave the assurances on Wednesday, in Abuja, during a security policy dialogue, organised by Cleen Foundation in partnership with Ford Foundation.
The dialogue discussed: “2022 General Election: Insecurity as a Threat to Constitutional Succession”
Represented by DCP Basil Idegwu, the Head of Police Federal Operation, the IGP said the police was working to sustain the noticeable improvements recorded in the conduct of security personnel at the Osun, Ekiti and Anambra off-cycle election, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“We have received great commendation both from international observers and local observers on the conduct and role of security agencies at the Ekiti and Osun election.
“This shows the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to ensure a credible election come 2023.
“The police are reaching out to all security stakeholders to share actionable intelligence, carryout joint and various strategic planning and execution of operations which have been yielding dividends at the moment.
“However, it is imperative to note that in matters of security, every citizen is a stakeholder and that is why this initiative organised to dialogue is highly commended.
“Because all hands must be on deck to ensure that the current insecurity is fought to stand still in the country”, he said.
Baba said using the successes recorded in Edo, Ondo and Anambra election, the police would ensure peaceful conduct of the 2023 poll.
He added that in strengthening the security response mechanism, the police have put in place series of trainings for its officers and men across the country.
This he said included training on election security and others, to ensure that citizens express their franchise without fear of molestation or intimidation by criminal elements at the 2023 poll.
On his part, the Executive Director, Cleen Foundation, Gad Peter, urged the police and other security agencies to develop a comprehensive roadmap on public safety and security towards the general elections.
Peter said the dialogue was necessitated by growth in scale, spread and sophistication of violent threats in the country.
“Security threats such as terrorism, insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, militancy, separatist agitation, farmer-herdsmen clashes, cultism, and proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).
“As well as threatening comments from some non-state armed groups, among others have increased tension in the country and remain one of the greatest challenges in the build up to the 2023 general elections if unaddressed”, he said.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the 2022 Electoral Act into law, which brought about some of the gains recorded in Osun and Ekiti off-cycle Election.