2023 Election: IGP calls for review of INEC’s Political programmes
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali, says there is a need to review evolving political programmes laid down by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and chart clear pathways for a smooth electoral process in the countdown to the 2023 General Elections.
IGP Alkali made this known during a conference with Commissioners of Police and above in the Force Headquarters Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.
Mr. Alkali charged all officers present to boost the security of their public space towards guaranteeing a crime-free and enabling environment for political campaigns and other components of the electoral process.
He noted that this was paramount following the announcement by the INEC for the commencement of electioneering campaigns by all political parties from September 28, 2022.
The National Political space will become very active and susceptible to increased politically related offences.
The IGP tasked all Strategic Police Managers with discharging their duties before, during, and after the electioneering process in line with the dictates of the Electoral Act 2022 and the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Security Personnel on Election Duty issued in 2020 by the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).
Similarly, the IGP emphasised that “all quasi-security outfits established by various state governments and local communities operating under different nomenclatures, structures, and orientations have no legal roles under the Electoral Act and in the electoral process.”
He, therefore, directed all Police Managers to ensure they are not utilised by political or community actors for any role during the electioneering campaign and other electoral processes that would amount to an illegality, a threat to national security, and inimical to the nation’s democratic interest.
The Inspector-General of Police urged all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in charge of Zonal and State Commands to work assiduously and engage in an all-inclusive approach by liaising with Resident Electoral Commissioners, the leadership of political parties in their commands, and all relevant stakeholders, increase intelligence gathering activities.
Upscale deployments to achieve the goal of re-energising the Force to sustain a stable internal security order.