IGP Orders Distribution Of Uniforms, Anti-Riot Equipment To Officers Ahead Of 2023 Elections

By NewsBits

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Usman Baba, has directed the immediate distribution of uniforms, kits, accoutrements, and anti-riot equipment to police officers ahead of the 2023 general election.

Nigeria will go to the pools in February 2023, to elect a replacement to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who would have completed his two-terms at the helm of political affairs in Nigeria. But ahead of the time, insecurity of lives and property have been of immense concern to Nigerians and most countries of the world.

Only recently, the United States of America, United Kingdom and some other countries of the world have been issuing security alerts and warning their citizens of an impending terrorism attacks in Nigeria even though the Nigerian government assured Nigerians of their safety in the country.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, made this known via a statement issued on Monday. He said the anti-riot equipment include bullet-proof vests with armored plates, ballistic helmets, long and short-range tear gas for civil disorder managemen, and stun guns.

Adejobi said the idea was to ensure that the officers were well-suited to discharge policing services professionally before, during and after the 2023 general election.

He added that the items were recently procured to cater for the welfare of police personnel as preparations for the elections continued. The police spokesperson stated that the idea was to optimise professionalism and friendly engagements in crowd control and subduing any civil unrest.

Adejobi said it was also to maximally adopt modern techniques of curtailing crimes and criminality by the police. He further pledged the commitment of the police authorities to upgrade the operational capability of personnel at all levels to completely stamp out crimes and criminality. He assured that the Nigeria Police Force would provide top-notch security for the 2023 general election. Adejobi said the IGP enjoined police officers to exhibit discipline and decency as well as respect people’s fundamental rights while discharging their duties.

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