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2019 polls: PSC threatens to deal with erring officers



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Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, the Police Service Commission, PSC has warned all police officers against flouting the guidelines on how policemen should conduct themselves on election duty.

The Commission said that they were giving the warning as a result of the lessons learnt from the experience in monitoring police conduct in Osun and Ekiti governorship elections, noting that any police officer found in breaching any of the provisions would be summarily dismissed.

Briefing newsmen in Enugu, the Commissioner representing the organized private sector in the Commission, Dr. Nkemka Jombo-Ofo, enjoined Nigerians to report any police personnel that is found subverting the peaceful conduct of the election to the commission through a hotlines, he said would be made available to the Nigerians in few days’ time.

Jombo-Ofo said that since the police is the largest and leading agency providing 85% of security personnel for the elections, and in view of the constitutional responsibility of the PSC, “it is very interested in the conduct of the police in ensuring the credibility of the process.

“This election is important to all Nigerians, and PSC will therefore be monitoring police conduct in the 2019 general election to ensure credibility of the process. We will be monitoring this across the entire country with a view to ascertaining professionalism. We are carrying out this visit across all the zones in the country.

“The PSC deployment of monitors will be in sync with other deployments. We will therefore, need information of deployments within the states.

“We are not unmindful of the past allegation of sometime unprofessional conduct by the police. We will set up and create awareness on hotlines for complaints and urge Nigerians to report any act of indiscipline and lack of professionalism which will be quickly resolved,” he said.

On posting of state police commissioners for the purpose of this election, the Commissioner promised that it would be done in transparent and professional manner.

He said the swapping of police commissioners is temporary and to ensure credible conduct of the elections.

“Posting of Commissioner of police at this period to man and supervise states is vital and PSC is not unmindful of its powers to post commissioners as contained in section 215 of the constitution. However, we will ensure best practices in these postings towards strengthening our democracy,” he promised.

Jombo-Ofo advised Nigerians not to sale their votes, but rather use it to elect credible candidates that would address their problems.

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