Before, during, and after the general election in 2023, officers of the Nigerian Police Force in Kogi State have been warned to avoid abusing their authority and make sure they protect the basic human rights of all electorates.
The warning was delivered on Tuesday to police officers during a lecture that was held in Lokoja by AIG Asafa Adekunle, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 8 Headquarters.
Adekunle also gave the officers instructions to make sure that everyone who will be involved in the voting process is safe and secure before, during, and after the election.
The head of the police department added that it is the responsibility of the Nigeria Police to ensure that both the electoral laws and the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s constitution are properly enforced.
He urged the Kogi State Command staff to act with the utmost professionalism and uphold police primacy in protecting the entire electoral process.
In order to create a peaceful environment for everyone, the AIG also engaged in an interactive session with stakeholders like the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), community leaders, and religious leaders, according to gospelcable.
He urged the interested parties to provide timely and reliable information on the actions of criminal elements.
In response, CP Akeem Yusuf, Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command, assures the AIG that the command will make every effort to ensure that its staff adheres to the Electoral Act strictly.
The police commissioner also assigns divisional police officers (DPOs), commanding officers, and area commanders to cascade the lecture to their respective staff members and ensure that the Electoral Act is strictly followed.