The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has commended the conduct of the police and other security agencies over the just concluded governorship election in Edo State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, in a statement issued on Friday, said the Inspector General and the Police management team were satisfied with the performance of security officers, after an appraisal of security operations during the election.
The statement said that the election was “conducted transparently and in accordance to principles of democratic policing,” and that it has become an index for future elections in Nigeria.
It said from the preliminary reports from local and international observers, there was no loss of lives and property during the election.
“This exceptional performance of the Nigeria Police Force in the election, exemplified the determination of the Inspector General of Police in ensuring that Election Security in the Country is implemented based on international standards and policing with integrity,” the statement said.
“The Edo governorship election has proved from the policing perspective that the Nigeria Police Force has the capacity, knowledge, ability and personnel to process and safeguard our nascent democracy.”
The Inspector General of Police also commended the people of the state for cooperating with the security agencies, and assured Nigerians that the police was ready to “sustain this tempo” in future elections.