The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has asked police officers to work towards meeting security challenges during elections in the country.
Mr. Idris made the call in a statement to commend officers for their conduct during the re-run Senatorial elections in Imo and Kogi States on Saturday.
The statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Don Awunah, said the conduct of officers at Saturday’s election will be the hallmark of Police officer’s conducts during subsequent elections in the country.
“The re-run elections in Kogi and Imo States are an index of subsequent elections in the country and particularly the upcoming elections in Rivers, Edo and Ondo States. These upcoming elections, must be conducted within the framework of International acceptable standards of election security.
“The ability of the Police Officers to dominate their areas of jurisdiction and supervision before, during and after the elections is a clear testimony of the police new resolve to adhere to international best practices in the conduct of elections”, the statement said.
Mr. Idris described the conduct of the officers as a demonstration of patriotism, professionalism and commitment to their duty as officers of a leading security agency in a democratic state.
He also said the force has developed workable strategy and a template that will guarantee future credible elections devoid of violence in the country.
He appealed to all those engaged in conduct of elections, particularly the active politicians and electorates to play by the rules of the game.
The Kogi and Imo re-run elections were supervised Deputy Inspector Generals Funsho Adebanjo and Joshua Habila respectively.
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