The Police Service Commission said Tuesday it is sending 400 Monitors to the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to monitor the conduct of Police Men on electoral duties during the 2019 General Elections which begin with the Presidential Election this Saturday, February 16th, 2019. The Commission’s Monitors are expected to leave Abuja tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13th, 2019.
Spokesman,Ikechukwu Ani said the Commission Monitors will be armed with its guidelines for the conduct of Officers on electoral duty and the Officers’ conduct during the elections will be assessed based on the guidelines.
He added that the Commission has also procured dedicated telephone lines for all the States of the Federation where the electorates and other citizens can access its Monitors to complain or commend the conduct of the Police, the lead security Agency, for the elections. The dedicated lines are: Abia; 07087971417; Adamawa; 08083283429; Anambra 09060242915; Akwa Ibom, 08023313250; Bauchi, 08155618915; Bayelsa; 09072933330; Benue; 07064477489; Bornu; 07010717323; Cross Rivers; 08037002162; Delta 08173918368; Ebonyi; 08107984407; Edo; 07088882376; Ekiti; 08023609059; Enugu; 08053399365; Gombe; 08112210442; Imo; 08033326666; Jigawa; 09025788444; Kaduna; 08178246464; Kano; 07085479495; Katsina; 08025056517; Kebbi; 08076791608; Kogi; 08090976725; Kwara; 08054970152; Lagos; 08023081301; Nasarawa; 08169464872; Niger; 08068166910; Ogun; 08065265651; Ondo; 08072981057; Osun; 08035954253; Oyo; 08023677969; Plateau; 09052929150; Rivers; 08021001313; Sokoto; 08034984841; Taraba; 08099352527; Yobe; 08036124586; Zamfara; 08096720807; and FCT; 07037002990.
The electorate can also follow the Commission on its twitter handle; police service c2 for updates on the monitoring of police conduct during the elections.
The National Coordinator for the exercise and Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector- General of Police, said the Police Officers on electoral duties have a responsibility of ensuring that peaceful atmosphere are maintained at the polling and counting centers during the elections and that citizens exercise their franchise without fear of coercion, intimidation, violence or manipulation.
The Chairman expects all Officers to be at alert, approachable, professional and ensure fairness and firmness, the statement said.