The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali has disclosed that the southwest regional security outfit, Amotekun and other state-owned or Kwasi-security outfits won’t be part of the security team for the 2023 general elections in the country.
Naija News reports the Police boss made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja during a security meeting with the top hierarchy of the Police Force ahead of the 2023 elections. As earlier reported by this platform, the meeting deliberated on the 2023 general elections, assault on policemen on duty, upcoming police retreat, conference, and police games, among other critical issues. Giving details of the discussions from the meeting, the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi said the IGP observed that such outfits have no legal backing to participate in the election. The Force spokesperson said: “The IGP emphasized the fact that all quasi-security outfits established by various state governments and local communities operating under different nomenclatures, structures, and orientations have no legal roles under the Electoral Act and in the electoral process. “He, therefore, directed all Police Managers to ensure they are not utilized by political or community actors for any role during the electioneering campaign and other electoral processes as such would amount to an illegality, a threat to national security, and inimical to the nation’s democratic interest.”
Be Ready For Commencement Of Campaigns
The IGP further urged security managers to get more prepared to provide security in their various domains as the official commencement of 2023 election campaigns kick off on September 28, 2022. Alkali also urged them to be guided by the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022. “The IGP charged all officers present to boost the security of their public space towards guaranteeing a crime-free and enabling environment for political campaigns and other components of the electoral process noting that following the announcement by the INEC for the commencement of electioneering campaigns by all political parties from 28th September 2022, the national political space will become very active and susceptible to an increase in politically related offences. “The IGP tasked all Strategic Police Managers with discharging their duties before, during, and after the electioneering process in line with the dictates of the Electoral Act 2022, and the Code of Conduct and Nigeria Police Force Rules of Engagement for Security Personnel on Election Duty issued in 2020 by the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).”
This article was originally published on Naija News