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Anambra guber election: IGP assures safe, secure, peaceful exercise

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali Baba has assured the nation of the commitment of the Force to provide secured and safe environment for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra state.

The Independent National Elector Commison, INEC had slated November 6 as the day for the gubernatorial election in Anambra.

In a statement signed by the force’s spokesman, Frank Mba on Wednesday, the IGP said, securing the public space and upholding the democratic values ahead of the election is a task that could not be ignored by the Police force.

The IGP, according to Mba, gave the asuramce during a strategic meeting, held at the Force 5, Abuja, with Commanders of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadrons in the country, 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.

He charged the Squadron Commanders to upscale their supervisory roles to ensure their personnel demonstrate high level of professionalism, firmness, courage and respect for human rights while carrying out their duties.

“The IGP noted that 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.

“The IGP 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.

“The IGP reiterated that the Force will 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,” the statement reads in parts.

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