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IGP ORDERS CPs TO ACTIVATE ICCES, TO FORTIFY INEC FACILITIES

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has ordered Commissioners of Police in charge of State Police Commands to promptly activate the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security with a view to engaging stakeholders in evolving strategies for mitigating threats to the 2023 General Elections within their jurisdiction.
Force public relations officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement says the IGP notes that political violence, hate speech, threats, political intolerance, misinformation, and political extremism are potential threats to democracy and national security interests, and therefore urged all State Police Commissioners to work in synergy with other members of the ICCES to reduce occurrence and threats of violence to its barest minimum with swift prosecution of violators of extant electoral laws.

Similarly, the IGP has enjoins Commissioners of Police in charge of State Commands to ensure adequate and strategic deployment of officers and assets, as well as coordinate, deploy, and supervise officers from other security agencies scheduled for election duty, in accordance with ICCES directives and fortify all facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within their areas of responsibility even as electoral materials are being relocated to such facilities, to ensure the safety and security of INEC personnel and materials before, during and after the 2023 General Elections

Meanwhile, the IGP has ordered the distribution of gadgets, anti-riot gear, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for Police Officers across the federation in preparation for the 2023 General Election security management duty.

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