The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has tasked all Commissioners of Police and Strategic Commanders posted for the Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly election duties to protect the electoral process on March 11, 2023.
He directed them to mobilise all resources at their disposal to defend electorates, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and sensitive materials, as well as the electoral process during the conduct of elections.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed in a statement that this is in furtherance of the meeting held with Strategic Police Managers to discuss and review topical issues and strategies for a more secured electoral process.
Similarly, the IGP has ordered strategic deployments in accordance with the developed standard operating procedure for polling units to ensure maximum protection against intimidation, harassment, and assault on law-abiding citizens during the electoral process.
He equally charged all election commanders in various states to take up complaints of intimidation, harassment, and assault reported by individuals/groups for proper investigation.
The Police boss assured all Nigerians, particularly electorates and INEC officials that the Force is in synergy with other security agencies to ensure adequate security and protection of fundamental rights nationwide.