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IGP sees elections trouble coming from 2022

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba, has started planning and also preparing his men for troubles that were likely to start surfacing across the country beginning from 2022 being the year preceding the general year, 2023.

Baba said that the security challenges currently being confronted across the country could intensify next year considering that the general election fever would have enveloped entire Nigeria, urging his men to brace up for the threat ahead.

The police boss, who raise the concerns on Monday during a meeting with strategic police managers at the Force headquarters in Abuja, meanwhile, disclosed that plans have been concluded to give police stations across the country a facelift that suits modern law enforcement strategies.

Baba noted that the decision to adjust and modernise policing across the country was to prevent the breakdown of law and order and to adopt other mediums that could boost security in Nigeria.

The IGP stressed that the challenges that could start emanating required that the Nigerian police be well prepared and adopt other innovative strategies that could nip any crime in bud before escalating in any community.

According to him, it is imperative to note that, the upcoming Year could even be more challenging. This is because it is a year preceding the general elections in the country and hence, it is anticipated that the political landscape will be charged in a manner that will further test our professional will and operational competence.

“What this translates to is that we will not only be dealing with traditional crimes, our capacity as the lead agency in internal Security management will no doubt be stretched to cover the management of threats that will be associated with an active political space in the Year 2022”, the police boss added.

Baba, meanwhile, charged the personnel to be professional and “be prepared to strengthen your leadership capacity in dealing with crimes customarily associated with the end of the year. I acknowledge in this regard, that some Commands have already forwarded their Operational Action Plans”.

The Police boss charged his men to brace up to the anticipated internal security challenges that could come with the Year 2022 across Nigeria, adding once again remind you that my policing vision is built on the virtues of professionalism, and respect for rule of law and citizens’ rights.

“Therefore, you should continue to provide strategic leadership that will remain sensitive to issues of rights violations, and excessive and unjustifiable use of authority. In furtherance of this, I charge you to strengthen your supervisory actions in ensuring that personnel under your command do not conduct themselves in a manner that will deepen the trust gap between the citizens and the Police”.

Responding to the yearning of Nigerians on indiscipline among the Nigerian Police, he disclosed that different monitoring units have been deployed to different geopolitical zones of the country to enforce the ethics of the profession.

“In this regard, following persistent reports of professional infractions by some police personnel in various commands across
the country, I have directed the Monitoring Unit, X-Squad, and Force Provost Marshal to jointly commence a special operation
across the country with a view to monitoring police conducts, especially during this festive season, and enforcing professional
standards as citizens transit in and around the country.

“This operation would be well-coordinated, and any personnel caught involving himself or herself in any unethical acts will be
firmly dealt with. If such misconducts resulted from supervisory negligence, the line supervisors could also be held vicariously
liable and dealt with. As often said, ‘to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Accordingly, you are enjoined to make this a subject
of a general lecture to all police personnel in your command”.

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