Elections: INEC trains police personnel in Jigawa

By Muhammad Nasir Bashir

The Jigawa Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has trained police personnel in the state ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

Mr Bala Sanchi, the state Commissioner of Police (CP) made this known while fielding questions from Newsmen in Dutse on Wednesday.

Sanchi said the commission trained the officers at the zonal level across the state.

“As part of preparations to ensure professionalism by police officers during the 2019 general elections, INEC has trained policemen at the zonal level in the state,” sanchi said.

He added that some of the personnel from the command were trained in kano by the Centre for Law Enforcement Education Nigeria (CLEEN) Foundation.

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The CLEEN Foundation is an NGO established in January 1998.

The CP further stated that some officers were currently in Abuja training ahead of the 2019 elections.

“As we speak right now, our Mobile Police Officers, Squadron Commanders and Deputy Commissioners of Police in charge of operations are in Abuja receiving training.

“All this is geared towards the 2019 General Elections,” the CP said.

According to him, the command is fully prepared for the polls and its men and officers will conduct themselves professionally during the elections.

The Police Service Commission (PSC) had also assured Nigerians that it would monitor the conduct of police personnel during the elections to ascertain their adherence to professionalism.

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The Commissioner representing women interest (North West), Hajiya Najatu Muhammad, gave the assurance on Jan. 14, in Dutse.

Muhammad said the measure was to ensure the credibility of the electoral process.

She added that PSC would set up and create awareness hotlines for complaints by citizens.

“We urge all Nigerians to report acts of indiscipline and lack of professionalism by any member of the force to the Commission for quick resolution,’’ she said. (NAN)

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