IGP Says  No Security Threat To 2023 Elections

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has said there is no security threat to the conduct of the 2023 general elections in the country.

He stated this while addressing the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UN COPS) in the United States of America.

The assessment of the IGP is based on a “comprehensive security threat analysis carried out utilising worldwide best standards to identify the trend of expectations for the electioneering activities,” according to a statement made on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

As part of the activities concluding his attendance at the UN summit, the police chief also met with Mr. Todd D. Robinson, the Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

Enhancing support for the NPF training and capacity-building programs was a major topic of discussion, notably the training of tactical units deployed in the North East and other war zones across the nation.

The IGP utilised the meeting to discuss the success of cascading the ongoing election security management training across the six geopolitical zones in anticipation of the general elections in 2023, according to a spokesman for the Force.

Support for modern policing topics, including forensic investigations, human relations, and cyber security, is another concern that should not be overlooked.

In his remarks, the Assistant Secretary lauded the NPF’s achievements and hard work while working with the IGP, even as the two officials discussed more ways to support the NPF.

Adejobi stated, “The Inspector-General of Police, in his quest to achieve improved policing services and bequeath an enviable policing system to the nation, has continuously interfaced with individuals and groups with requisite ideas and support-base for the achievement of his agenda of a modern Nigeria Police Force.

“The IGP, who is billed to return to the country on Sunday (today), similarly emphasised his administration’s focus on improved training and retraining of police officers and men, as well as the sustenance and improvement of cutting-edge technology for better crime prevention, deterrence, and apprehension of suspects with concrete, credible and corroborated evidence.”

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