IGP Establishes an Election Review Team

To ensure the efficient deployment of police before, during, and after the elections, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Usman, has established an Election Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team.
According to the force spokeswoman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the evaluation team would be chaired by Vice President of INTERPOL and Head of National Crime Bureau (NCB), AIG Garba Baba Umar, and would include seasoned officers with considerable experience in managing election security.

The team is saddled with the responsibility to identify, analyze, and neutralize threats before the general elections in 2023, as well as to conduct a spot check and assessment of the security emplacements.

The IG’s efforts to deliver legitimate, secure, and safe general elections, were endorsed by the constitution, according to the force’s spokeswoman.

He said: “The IGP has 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, to be assisted by other team members including the Force Secretary, AIG Habu Sani, CP Election Monitoring, CP Basil Idegwu, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

“The team also comprises seven 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.

“The IGP, 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 too, 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 IG, according to Adejobi, reiterated the establishment and viability of the Electoral Offences Desks, which are located at the State Criminal Investigation Departments (SCID) of all commands throughout the country and are overseen by the Assistant Commissioners of Police in charge of the SCID.

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