As part of measures towards ensuring fears terror often associated with elections, are been eliminated from communities particularly when polling are drawing near, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, has promised that his office would double efforts in providing adequate safety, protect lives and property during forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra.
Baba said that the police have proper understanding of present situation in the state and that his team were ready contain activities of criminal elements in South-East, with guarantee on safe and secure environment for the elections.
Speaking through a statement released from the police headquarters after strategic meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday, ahead of Anambra governorship elections, the IGP indicated that himself and entire team were committed to securing public space and upholding the democratic values ahead of the November 6th, 2021, Anambra State Gubernatorial Election.
It said: “As part of efforts to specifically contain the activities of criminal elements in the South-East and particularly guarantee a safe and secure environment for the elections”.
“The IGP further stated that the leadership of the Force has commenced the reorganization, re-equipping, training and re-orientation of the PMF with the goal of strengthening its operational capacity and re-situating the unit to accomplish the task of confronting violent crimes in the country. The IGP charged the Squadron Commanders to upscale their supervisory roles to ensure their personnel demonstrates a high level of professionalism, firmness, courage, and respect for human rights while carrying out their duties”.
According to the statement, the Nigeria Police Force in the coming days will be implementing a robust national security action plan to refocus the internal security dynamics of the country in addition to securing the electoral processes in the Anambra State Gubernatorial election including the protection of personnel and materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and critical national infrastructure.
“We noted that the Police Mobile Force, will as usual, form a critical component of the operational plan, to deter any subversive elements that could threaten or disrupt the smooth conduct of the election”.
Meanwhile, the police’s boss reiterated that the force would continue to do all within its powers to combat all forms of criminality and violent crimes including banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, cultism and violent extremism, amongst others, across the country.