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2019: Police to monitor officers deployed for elections

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THE Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Alhaji Musiliu Smith have disclosed that police officers deployed for the 2019 general elections will be closely monitored.

Speaking during a 4-Day Management Retreat of the commission in Enugu with the theme, ‘Repositioning and Strengthening the Police Service Commission for Effective Mandate Delivery.’

He said that the PSC would replicate the model it used for the Osun State governorship election wherein hotlines were put in place to enable members of the public reports erring officers.

“We believe this strategy instilled a certain measure of confidence in the police at the time and caused them to be more professional in the discharge of their duty to citizens.

“This established a sense of mutual respect in both the police and citizens and it is a model we intend to replicate for the 2019 general elections,” he said.

Smith said that the retreat became necessary following the need to develop a three-year strategic plan as a compass in their quest to remodel the police force.

He said that the PSC was also worried that the police are viewed with suspicion of partisanship by members of the public.

“Without doubt, Nigeria is bedeviled with security challenges ranging from insurgency to intra-organisational hiccups within the security forces including the police.

“How do we deal with allegations of human rights abuses brought against officers? What is the best way to position our police to enhance their crime fighting abilities in line with best practices?

“The PSC is already taking steps to improve the professionalism with the force and these steps will further be consolidated at the end of this retreat,” he said.

Smith commended Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for running the state in a progressive, people-oriented and security-conscious manner.

“It is gratifying to note that the governor has graciously supported the programme, further confirming his commitment to robust government and police relations in the state,” Smith said.

The Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Idris Ibrahim, said that the composition of the current PSC was the best in recent times.

Ibrahim, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Maigari Diko, said that he would always support the commission to enable it realise its mandate and make the tenure more successful.

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