The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has charged Commanders of the seventy-nine (79) Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadrons spread across the nation to exhibit high-level professionalism, neutrality and embrace a citizen-friendly approach in keeping the peace in the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states.
While Edo election is scheduled to hold on 19th September, Ondo governorship election will take place on 10th October, 2020.
A statement by Force spokesperson, Frank Mba, said that the IGP gave the charge during a conference with the commanders at the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Monday.
The conference reportedly centred on the deployment of the PMF in the elections and general review of the current internal security threats in the country.
“It availed the Force leadership the opportunity to further re-strategize on best approaches on mitigating security threats particularly as contained in the Election Security Threat Assessment Reports,” Mba said.
He added that “The IGP noted that the PMF which has remained at the forefront of tactical operations in the country, is central to the operational plans of the Force towards a successful election in the two States.
“The IGP, who observed that the elections are coming on the heels of the just concluded PMF Commanders’ course held at Ende Hills, Nasarawa State, charged the officers to take advantage of the new insights and experiences drawn from the training to positively impact their leadership roles in the elections and beyond.”
Meanwhile, the IGP has assured residents of Edo and Ondo States of the full preparedness of the Nigeria Police Force in conjunction with other security agencies and other critical stakeholders in the elections, to ensure the success of the forthcoming elections in the both states.