The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has commenced training of officers on election security management, ahead of the 2023 polls.
The training was organised by the NPF, in collaboration with Solar Security and Consult Company Ltd.
In a speech at the formal opening of the training for North East, yesterday, in Maiduguri, Borno State, the lead facilitator and former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase (retd.), said the training, an initiative of IGP Alkali Baba was meant to acquaint officers with the new Electoral Act and also inculcate in them the tenets of working together with other organisations.”
He added that the training would give room to participants to give their views and challenges they faced to enable them to initiate measures to tackle them.
Speaking on behalf of Borno Government, the State Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Mr Isa Izge, commended the initiative, describing it as timely.
Izge said the state government was poised to support all the measures being taken to improve the police and other security agencies in the discharge of their duties.
A representative of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mrs Zara Umar, and that of the Civil Society Organisations, Mrs Lucy Yunana, also lauded the initiative.
Theme of the training is: “The 2023 General Elections: Enhancing national security capacity for a secure and credible electoral process in Nigeria.”
It is expected to broaden the professional knowledge and operational capacity of the police with a view to closing the knowledge gap that could inhibit their optimal delivery of election security mandate.