AU Observer Mission visits IGP, commends Police, others on election security

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has been commended, alongside other security agencies deployed for election security management in the 2023 general elections, for its commitment to ensuring that the election process in the country was secured. 

The commendation came on the heels of the African Union Commission (AUC) Election Observer Mission (EOM) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission visit to the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, Tuesday, at the Louis Edet House, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO)  CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a press statement in Abuja, said the AUC EOM and the ECOWAS Commission was led by former President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, and the former President of Sierra Leone, and His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma.

He listed others as President, ECOWAS Commission, Omar Alieu Touray; Deputy Head of the EOM, Ambassador Baba Kamara; Vice President ECOWAS Commission, Damtien L. Tchintchibidja; and Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musah.

He said the Mission noted that despite pockets of incidences recorded at some of the locations for the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, the election security management emplaced by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies deployed effectively ensured a de-escalation of the immediate security challenges.

According to the spokesperson, ‘The IGP Baba appreciated the Mission for its visit and commendation, assuring that the NPF will always put its best foot forward to ensure that more effort is deployed for better and standardised election security management.

“He also urged stakeholders to follow through with the process even as they comply with the provisions of extant laws in all conduct during and after the 2023 general elections.”

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