2023 poll: Inspector General of Police set up election evaluation team

The Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Bab has approved the setting up of an Election Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Team for deployment across the states of the federation, to identify, analyze and mitigate threats, as well as carry out on-the-spot assessment and appraisal of the security emplacements ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Penpushing reports that the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi made this known in a statement said the team was in In furtherance of the Inspector’s-General of Police drive for safe, secured, and credible general elections as well as ensure adequate security coverage before, during and after the 2023 general elections

The statement added that the police boss similarly appointed the Vice President (INTERPOL) and Head, National Crime Bureau (NCB), AIG Garba Baba Umar, as the National Coordinator of the team of experienced and seasoned Police Officers with vast knowledge in election security management.

Penpushing further reports that Umar is  to be assisted by other team members including the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Force Secretary,  Habu Sani, Commissioner of Police Election Monitoring, Commissioner of Police Basil Idegwu, the Force Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent of Police Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

The statement stated that the team also comprise 7 other Commissioners of Police, 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police, 30 Assistant Commissioners of Police, 30 Chief Superintendents of Police, and 16 Strategic Officers of other ranks.

Penpushing also reports that Baba, while reiterating the commitment of the police to ensuring that the elections are safe, secure, credible, and in line with global best practices, tasked the team to, amongst other things, ensure the propriety of deployments, give real-time coverage of the electoral process, and safeguard against hostile external and internal influence using INTERPOL, anti-cybercrime and intelligence tools and assets of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Inspector General of Police in the same vein, reaffirms the establishment and viability of the Electoral Offences Desks domiciled at the State Criminal Investigation Departments (SCID) of all commands across the nation headed by the Assistant Commissioners of Police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department(SCID).

The statement emphasized that the Electoral Offences Desk is saddled with the responsibility of collating, investigating and prosecuting all matters relating to electoral offences nationwide, while the police boss called on well-meaning Nigerians, international communities, and all stakeholders to support the teams in all areas, particularly on intelligence sharing and regular engagements, to achieve success in the 2023 General Elections.

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