2023 Election: Major Shake Up in Police As IGP Issues Fresh Preparation Update
- The Nigerian Police Force has once again expressed its readiness to ensure tight security ahead of the 2023 polls
- In a recent statement by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, a special team has been formed to oversee the deployment of officers
- Meanwhile, citizens and electoral stakeholders have been urged to support the Nigerian Police in all capacities
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FCT, Abuja - The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has sanctioned the formation of an Election Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Team for deployment police officers across the country during the general election.
This development was made known via a statement issued on Wednesday, February 8 by the force spokesperson, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi.
As contained in the statement, the formation of the special election team will identify, analyze and combat threats during the course of the elections.
CSP Adejobi's statement according to the Nigerian Tribune, said:
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“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 AIG Force Secretary, AIG Habu Sani, CP Election Monitoring, CP Basil Idegwu, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
“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.”
2023 polls: NPF calls for cooperation from electoral stakeholders
As contained in the statement, the police chief called on Nigerians and electorates to cooperate with the police in the discharge of their duties.
Similarly, electoral stakeholders like civil society groups, international observers have also been called upon to support the police force in information gathering and intelligence sharing.
The statement reads:
“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, calls on well-meaning Nigerians, international communities, and all stakeholders to support the NPF teams in all areas, particularly on intelligence sharing and regular engagements, to achieve success in the 2023 General Elections.”
2023: Major Shakeup In Police As Ogun, Lagos Get New Commissioners
In another development, the leadership of the Nigerian Police Force has deemed it fit and necessary to make some changes in some states.
As contained in a letter from IGP Alkali Baba, Ogun and Lagos states now have new commissioners.
Those redeployed by IGP Baba are Frank Mba (Lagos state) and Idowu Owohunwa (Ogun state) ahead of the 2023 polls.
IGP Alkali Orders Arrest, Prosecution of Persons Selling New Naira Notes
Meanwhile, persons or groups found selling the new naira notes issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria will be arrested and prosecuted.
This is the latest order from the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali on Friday, February 3.
According to the police chief, the directive is in line with the statutory provision of the CBN Act of 2007.