Police Commission Loses Suit Against IGP Over Constable Recruitment

 

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by the Police Service Commission (PSC) against the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The PSC had approached the court seeking a pronouncement that it was the statutory body charged with the enlistment of rank and file, also known as constable recruitment in the Nigeria Police Force.

Delivered a judgment on the matter on Monday, Justice Iyang Ekwo dismissed the suit brought by the police commission.

He held that by the provision of Section 71 of the Police Act, it was the Nigeria Police Council under the leadership of the IGP that was empowered with the enlistment of rank and file in the force.

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According to the judge, there is nothing in the documentary evidence placed before the court by the PSC to support its claims that the IGP has usurped the powers of the commission in the enlistment of rank and file into the Nigerian police.

In the suit, the PSC asked the court to stop the ongoing recruitment exercise of 10,000 constables by the Nigeria Police Force.

The court, however, insisted that the Police Council under the control of the IGP was the statutory body to carry out such an exercise.

Buhari Orders PSC To ‘Get Police Working’

President Buhari with L-R: Mr Austin Braimoh, Chairman Police Commission Alh. Musiliu Smith IGP (Rtd), Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, AIG Lawal Bawa (Rtd) and Barr. Rommy Mom as he receives Annual Report of Police Service Commission

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged members of the Police Service Commission to redouble their efforts in ensuring that the Nigeria Police Force delivers on its responsibilities.

Speaking Tuesday in Abuja while receiving the 2018 Annual Report of the Commission, President Buhari said, “the Commission has the most challenging responsibility of carrying out oversight responsibilities of the Police Force.

“The people that comprise this commission are mostly personally known to me and some of them have been through the mill as it were, therefore I expect them to put the Police in order. I personally believe that the Inspector General is doing his best …the Police are always in the frontline and unless we get the police working effectively, the security of this country will remain in doubt.”

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He said that, by the mandate of the Commission, the task of appointment, promotion and disciplinary control of officers of the Nigerian Police Force, except the Inspector General, fall under it.

 

“Your assignment is enormous and calls for sacrifice and commitment especially now that almost every country is faced with severe internal security challenges. Nigeria is no exception,” President Buhari added.

The President praised the Commission for new ideas introduced into the workings of the Force: “I am aware that you have put policies in place to reposition the Police Force in the areas of merit-driven promotion and prompt disciplinary actions. Government will require that you redouble your efforts and ensure that the Police Force receives the required assistance for optimum service delivery.

He also called on the Commission to ensure harmonious working relationship with the Police Force.

“I wish to see close communication and understanding between you and the Nigeria Police. This is necessary for the overall efficiency and effectiveness in securing the country,” said the President.

Earlier in his address, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, the Chairman of the Commission who led other members to State House, had intimated the President that, in line with his (President’s) specific directives, the management was gradually putting together a productive Nigeria Police Force, which will attract the endorsement of all Nigerians and also receive the acclaim of the policemen themselves.

He also requested for the intervention of the President in overcoming the funding constrains of the Commission as well as securing better office accommodation.

PSC To Deploy 400 Officers To Monitor Conduct Of Policemen On Electoral Duties

The Police Service Commission says it is sending 400 Monitors to the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to monitor the conduct of Police Men on electoral duties during the 2019 General Elections.

In a statement on Tuesdays, a spokesperson for the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, said the monitors are expected to leave Abuja tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13th, 2019.

The commission’s monitors will be armed with its guidelines for the conduct of Officers on electoral duty and the Officers’ conduct during the elections will be assessed based on the guidelines.

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Ani said the commission has also procured dedicated telephone lines for all the states of the Federation where the electorates and other citizens can access its monitors to complain or commend the conduct of the police, the lead security Agency, for the elections.

The dedicated lines are: Abia; 07087971417; Adamawa; 08083283429; Anambra 09060242915; Akwa Ibom, 08023313250; Bauchi, 08155618915; Bayelsa; 09072933330; Benue; 07064477489; Bornu; 07010717323; Cross Rivers; 08037002162; Delta 08173918368; Ebonyi; 08107984407; Edo; 07088882376; Ekiti; 08023609059; Enugu; 08053399365; Gombe; 08112210442; Imo; 08033326666; Jigawa; 09025788444; Kaduna; 08178246464; Kano; 07085479495; Katsina; 08025056517; Kebbi; 08076791608; Kogi; 08090976725; Kwara; 08054970152; Lagos; 08023081301; Nasarawa; 08169464872; Niger; 08068166910; Ogun; 08065265651; Ondo; 08072981057; Osun; 08035954253; Oyo; 08023677969; Plateau; 09052929150; Rivers; 08021001313; Sokoto; 08034984841; Taraba; 08099352527; Yobe; 08036124586; Zamfara; 08096720807; and FCT; 07037002990.

PSC said the electorates can also follow the Commission on its twitter handle; @POLICESERVICEC2 for updates on the monitoring of police conduct during the elections.

The National Coordinator for the exercise and Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector- General of Police, said the Police Officers on electoral duties have a responsibility of ensuring that peaceful atmosphere are maintained at the polling and counting centers during the elections and that citizens exercise their franchise without fear of coercion, intimidation, violence or manipulation.

The Chairman expects all officers to be at alert, approachable, professional and ensure fairness and firmness.

PSC Warns Against Illegal Transfers Of Commissioners Ahead Of Elections

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has warned against illegal transfers of police commissioners, as the 2019 elections draw near.

Speaking on the recent transfers in the force, the PSC commissioner, Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad, told newsmen at the police headquarters in Jigawa state that every transfer carried out by the police without the endorsement of the police service commission is null and void.

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Naja’atu noted that “What has happened in the past is that the former commission abdicated their responsibilities and handed it over to the IG, it has never been the responsibility of the IG to make transfers.

She said Nigerians must be aware that there were some illegalities in the past, stressing that the PSC intends to stop every form of illegalities.

#OsunDecides: Conduct Of Police Officers ‘Largely Satisfactory’, Says PSC

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has rated the conduct of Police Officers who were on election duties during Saturday’s Governorship election in Osun State as largely satisfactory.

This was contained in the interim report of the Commission, which monitored the conduct of the more than 18,000 police personnel deployed across the 30 local government areas of the state.

The Police Service Commission carried out the assignment in partnership with CLEEN Foundation and Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, PLAC.

According to a statement by the Head of Press and Public Relations at the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, the reports from the Commission’s monitors indicate that “outside few isolated incidents, the conduct of the Police was impressive”.

“The few isolated incidents included cases where the Police Officers were overwhelmed and ballot boxes snatched, inducements and inability to stop discreet vote buying,” it added.

Saturday’s election took place across some 3,010 polling units with 48 candidates battling to succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The election got off to a smooth start and the PSC believes that the police played their part in ensuring the process was peaceful.

It, therefore, commended the mobilisation and deployment of police officers and the maintenance of peace and order at the polling units.

“The Police Officers were also polite, approachable and largely adhered to the guidelines for election duties,” it said.

Giving a breakdown of how those deployed were utilised, the PSC said, “There was an average of four Police Officers per a polling unit, complemented by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps; Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Prison Services, Federal Road Safety Corps and Department of State Security.”

The also listed some of the polling units monitored across the 30 Local Government Areas in the three Senatorial districts of the state.

Osun Central Senatorial District: Owode Market polling unit in ward 5, Railway Station, Ward 10 in Odo-Otin; Olorun-Osogo Obagun, Ward 11, Adeyemu Market in Ifelodun Local Government Area; Palace area, ward 2, old maternity, ward 5 in Boluwaduro Local Government Area; Old Post Office, ward 11 in Boripe Local Government Area; Kobo Ogbogbe, ward 8 in Olorunda Local Government Area.

Osun West Senatorial District: Songbe Market Square 007A and 007B in Ejigbo Local Government Area; Water Works Road 005, Aladoorun 003, Elewe 007, Panada 006, Water Works First Gate 006 in Iwo Local Government Area; Court Hall 1 Ogba 002 and 003, Commercial Grammar School Ogbagba II, 001 and 002 in Ola-Oluwa Local Government Area; Baptist Primary School Awo 001, Town Hall Awo 002 in Egbedure Local Government Area; Onuolu Junction 008 in Ede South Local Government Area; Ebelemo 001, Camp Young Area 005 and Open Space 009 in Ede North Local Government Area.

Osun East Senatorial District: Oriade Local Government Area, Ilesha West Local Government Area, Ife Central, Ife East Local Government Areas, Obokun Local Government Area and Ibokun Local Government Area.

Buhari Writes Senate, Seeks Confirmation Of Ex-IGP Smith As PSC Chairman

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a letter to the Senate, seeking the confirmation of a former Inspector-General of Police, Musliu Smith, as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission.

The President is also seeking the confirmation of six other persons as commissioners and members of the PSC.

Senate President Bukola Saraki read the President’s later during plenary on Thursday.

The letter read in part, “In compliance with the provisions of section 153 (1) and 154(1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, I write to forward for confirmation by the Senate the underlisted names as the Chairman and members of Police Service Commission (PSC). I attach here, with their CVs.”

Among those the President is seeking legislative confirmation of their appointment are a former Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Lawal Bawa; and Clara Ogunbiyi. Both were nominated by the President to become full-time commissioners of the PSC.

If confirmed, Smith would replace current PSC Chairman, Mike Okiro.

45 Police Officers Involved In Evan’s Arrest Promoted

 

The Police Service Commission has approved the special promotion of 45 police officers and acting appointments for another 13 officers who played major roles in the arrest of suspected kidnap kingpin Chukwudumuje Onuoamadike, aka Evans.

All of the officers were promoted for the gallantry in the arrest of Evans and 21 others believed to be members of his gang.

The Head, Press and Public Relations of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement that the commission took the decision in Abuja on Thursday at its 27th Plenary Meeting which began on Tuesday.

“The promotion and acting appointments were based on the superlative performance of the officers in the arrest of the deadly gang who terrorized Nigerians,” the statement read in part.

Those promoted are of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT); Special Tactical Squad (STS); and Technical Intelligence Unit under the direct supervision and coordination of the IGP Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters Abuja.

One of those promoted is DCP Habu A. Sani, the Head of the IGP Monitoring Unit. He was elevated to the rank of commissioner.

Sani was also directed to appear before the PSC on Friday, April 20 for an interactive session in line with the Commission’s policy for officers transiting to the rank of Commissioner.

Two assistant commissioners of police were promoted to deputy commissioners; one chief superintendent of police was promoted to assistant commissioner of police, while one superintendent of police to was elevated to chief superintendent.

Sixteen assistant superintendents of police were promoted to deputy superintendent and 24 inspectors were made assistant superintendents.

Furthermore, one assistant superintendent was appointed acting deputy superintendent while 12 Inspectors were also appointed acting assistant superintendents.

The acting appointments were approved for officers who were not due for promotion.

“The promotion and acting appointments were also necessitated by the need to match rank with schedules of duty either being performed or to be performed by the officers and for their acts of gallantry and courage exhibited in the course of duty,” the statement added.

The Chairman of the PSC, Mike Okiro, who presided over the meeting, said the new ranks would greatly motivate the Officers for improved performance.

PSC Confirms Lagos CP’s Appointment, Promotes 249 Others

PSC Confirms Lagos CP’s Appointment, Promotes 249 Others
File photo: Imohimi Edgal

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has confirmed the appointment of the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the PSC Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani.

The Commission also confirmed the appointments of five other acting police commissioners serving in various states and approved the promotion of 244 other senior officers.

The promotion and confirmation were some of the high points of the PSC’s 24th plenary meeting held in Abuja from December 5 to 7 and presided over by its Chairman, Sir Mike Okiro.

The statement read in part: “The Commission approved the promotion of CP Etop John James and CP Rasheed Olatunde Akintunde to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).

“It also confirmed the acting appointments of CP Donald Awunah – former Force Public Relations Officer and former CP Akwa Ibom State Command, now at the Police Academy Wudil, Kano; CP Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa – Cross Rivers State Command; CP Garba Umar – Anambra State Command; CP Bello Ahmed; CP Imohimi Edgal – Lagos State Command; and CP Ali Janga – Kogi State Command.”

PSC also approved the promotion of 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) to the substantive rank of Commissioner of Police.

They are Omololu Bishi, Isaac Akimoyede, Aminu Saleh, Makama Usman, Mobolaji Fafowora, Igbodo David, Dajuma Ibahim, Okon Ene, Abang John, Aminu Kwambe, Felix Gani, Ibrahim Umar, Joseph Mukan, Wakil Mohammed, and Abdullahi Ibrahim.

The appointment of acting DCP Habu Ahmadu was also confirmed while 54 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) were promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioners.

The new deputy commissioners include Fausat Azeez, Presley Dode, Adepoju Ilori (Area Commander Ughelli, Delta State Command); Oladimeji Olanrewaju (Area Commander Metro, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Command); and Ambrose Onah of the Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The Commission further approved the promotion of 164 Chief Superintendents of Police to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and eight Deputy Superintendents of Police to the rank of Superintendent.

Sir Okiro, who is also a retired Inspector General of Police, congratulated the newly promoted officers and asked them to continue to discharge their duties with respect to the rule of law and fear of God.

He said the Commission would continue to ensure that promotions in the Nigeria Police Force are regular and guided by merit, seniority, and availability of vacancies.

The DCPs were subjected to an interactive session with members of the Commission where they were drilled on what was expected of them as Commissioners of Police.

The promotions have been forwarded to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for implementation in a letter signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mr Musa Istifanus.

PSC Approves Promotion, Postings Of AIGs

Police, PSCThe Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion and posting of 18 Commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs).

A statement by the Commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed that the PSC also approved the postings of  four other AIGs earlier promoted.

The Commission on Saturday explained that 12 of the AIGs are to man the 12 Police Zonal Commands while the remaining 10 would head Police special formations such as Operations, Training, Police Academy, Info-Tech, Investment, Maritime and others.

“The Commissioner of Police Kaduna State, Ibrahim Adamu, is now AIG, Zone 1, Abdulmajid Ali, CP, Ogun State, AIG, Zone 2 and Usman Tilli, AIG Border is now AIG zone 3.

“AIG Dorathy A. Gimba retains her Command of the Investment Formation, AIG Mohammed K. Mohammed, SPU and Mohammed Musa Katsina moved from Maritime to DS, NIPSS.

“AIG Katsina will be replaced at the Maritime Desk by Paul Okafor, CP Benue State,” the statement said.

37 Commissioners of Police including nine Deputy Commissioners of Police also had their promotions approved by the commission and 16 of these commissioners retained their commands.

Former Inspector General of Police now Chairman of the PSC;  Dr. Mike Okiro, said the promotions and postings were in line with the Commission’s resolve to re-position the Nigeria Police Force for better performance.

He congratulated the officers and challenged them to be hardworking and dedicated to their duty, failing to do that the Commission will hold any of them personally responsible for any failure in the discharge of their duties.

He also asked them to rededicate themselves to the service of their nation and abide by the rules and regulations guiding Police work, stressing the need to hold their leadership positions with the fear of God and fairness to all parties.

Kogi, Bayelsa Decide: Live Updates

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 21 : 00: Bayelsa: Collation of results ends for the day, to be continued 10AM on Monday, with results from three local governments still being expected.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 19 : 05: Bayelsa: Collation of results underway in Yenagoa. So far four local governments areas have collated their results.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 17 : 55: Bayelsa: There are reports that Niger Delta ex-militants have disrupted the election in Amassoma ward of Ijaw South Local Government Area. The militants carrying firearms are said to have chased away the voters and INEC officials conducting the exercise in the area.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 16 : 07: Bayelsa: Channels TV correspondent says INEC spokesperson has announced that collation of results will commence by 6:00pm. He also said election is ongoing in Southern Ijaw LGA and some other parts of Bayelsa and that election materials did not get to the venue on time.

He hinted that the Police had made 10 arrests and seized five AK-47 rifles.

An election observer, Abiodun Ajijola, says it is not possible to have a winner without results from Southern Ijaw LGA which has 425 Polling Units. He added that the major challenge faced is security.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 12 : 11: Bayelsa: Channels TV correspondent reports that the possibility of the rescheduled election holding in Southern Ijaw LGA was still unknown because of the peculiarity of the terrain and the security of officials and materials could not be guaranteed.

She says that the State Governor, Seriake Dickson has proposed to INEC that the election be shifted or they work out adequate security of lives and property.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 08 : 15: Bayelsa: INEC officials say collation of results to begin after voting in the rescheduled areas.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 07 : 30: Bayelsa: Electoral officers prepare to commence accreditation for voters in some parts of Nembe, Brass, Ogbia and Southern Ijaw LGAs.

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 05 : 15: KOGI: INEC declares Yahaya Bello of the APC winner of the Kogi Governorship election.

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Candidate of the APC, Yahaya Bello

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 05 : 15: KOGI: After collation of results from November 21 and December 5 elections the INEC arrived at the under listed figures, as announced by INEC’s returning officer, Professor Emmanuel Kucha.

A 206
AA 120
ACD 480
AD 168
ADC 707
APA 1,995
APC 247,752 (Highest votes)
APGA 1,040
CPP 608
DPC 465
DPP469
ID 179
KOWA  136
HP 8,761
NCP 531
NNPP 290
PPC 895
PDP 204,877
PPA 3,048
PPN 239
SDP 90
UDP 107

TOTAL VALID VOTES 472,983
REJECTED VOTES 21,740
TOTAL VOTES CAST 494,723

Sunday, December 06, 2015: 01 : 50: KOGI: All results from the 18 local government areas in the state collated.  INEC takes 45 minutes break.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 23 : 19: KOGI: INEC begins process of collation of results from different polling units.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 19 : 19: Bayelsa State:  INEC reschedules election in southern Ijaw. Rescheduled election will hold on Sunday, December 6.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 17 : 30: Bayelsa State: Counting of votes has started in the Governorship election.

There is a good turnout of voters and situation around polling booths is said to be calm.

voters set to elect a Governor for next year

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 17: 15: Kogi State: counting of votes has started in the supplementary election

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 13: 15: APC candidate, Mr Timipre Sylva has been accredited in his Dukaku centre polling station in Okpoama, Brass Local Government and awaits outcome of the election.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 13:10: Governor Seriake Dickson Gets Accredited, Experiences Card Reader Malfunction.

The Governor whose Permanent Voters Card (PVC) was authenticated by the smart card reader expressed his displeasure with the failure of the card reader in authenticating his finger prints and that of most voters in his polling unit.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 13:07: Card Reader Fails Goodluck Jonathan, Wife And Mother. INEC officials at unit 039 ward 13 in Ogbia LGA located exactly opposite his Otueke residence returned with another card reader at about 10am before he was later accredited.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 09:22: Bayelsa State, election materials have been fully distributed in Brass Local Government Areas.

But reports say that Oporuma LGA Headquarters of Ijaw Local Government Area, an ex-militant reportedly opened fire at an election centre disrupting the exercise, one person was reportedly injured.

Elsewhere around the state, its being reported that polling units have been set up and there is a huge number of security operatives especially the Nigerian Police at the Local Government Headquarters.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 09:20: In Kogi State, the supplementary election scheduled for today (Saturday) has commenced and voting materials have been distributed.

In Ajaokuta Local Government Area everywhere is peaceful and voters are going about to demonstrate their rights.

Saturday, December 05, 2015: 09:19: Election materials have been fully distributed in different Local Governments Areas and the polling units have been set up.

 It’s Election Day in Bayelsa and Kogi State where voters are going to the polls to elect a new Governor.

Governorship Elections: Kogi, Bayelsa Decide

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 04: 30: Kogi 2015 governorship election declared inconclusive.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 04:05: INEC officially announces results.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 1:55: All 21 Local Governments’ results announced.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 11: 30: Recess is over: Kabba Bunu LGA – APC – 9659, PDP – 7768; Omala LGA – APC – 9228, PDP – 10517; Ofu LGA – APC – 16800, PDP – 10997; Ankpa LGA – APC – 22983, PDP – 14731; Olamaboro LGA – APC 13227, PDP – 8202; Igalamela Odolu – APC 9003, PDP – 8683; Bassa LGA – APC – 11815, PDP – 9258; Lokoja LGA – APC 13517, PDP – 12414; Dekina LGA – APC – 20994, PDP – 21602;  Ibaji LGA – APC – 11,427, PDP – 10572.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 10:28: INEC Electoral officials go for 30 minutes recess.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 10:00: Results announced so far: Okehi LGA – APC – 10,170, PDP – 8504; Mopamuro LGA – APC 3888, PDP – 4195; Ogorimagongo LGA – APC – 1931, PDP – 2601; Ajaokuta LGA – APC 8581, PDP 6903, Adavi LGA – APC – 15636, PDP – 11902;  Kogi LGA – APC – 10426, PDP – 9316; Ijumu LGA – APC – 9958, PDP – 6040; Okene LGA – APC – 14786, PDP – 15968;  Yagba West LGA – APC – 7930, PDP – 7021;  Yagba East LGA – APC 7129, PDP – 5368; Idah LGA – APC – 11770, PDP – 6952.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 7.30am: Collation of results underway in Lokoja.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 6.00am: Resident Electoral Commissioners have started arriving at the INEC collation centre in Lokoja, the state capital, Channels TV correspondent confirms. He also says some of the results have already arrived.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015: 12.30am: INEC announces its decision to start collation and announcement of results at 6am on Sunday. #KogiDecides. This is to give enough time for the results to arrive, to enable those actively involved in the process get some rest as these will ensure a smooth running of the process on Sunday.

Sunday, November 22, 2015: 12.10am: Channels TV correspondent, covering the Kogi election says journalists, party agents, INEC officials and other stakeholders are among the several persons waiting at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 8:05pm: Channels TV correspondent, says voting is yet to end in few polling units due to logistic issues faced earlier in the day.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 5:35pm: Channels TV correspondent, Lanre Lasisi says sorting of ballot has ended in most polling units across Kogi State.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 5:05pm: Channels TV correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye confirms that counting of ballots has commenced in most polling units within Lokoja metropolis.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 4:45pm: Channels TV correspondents report that voting has ended in some centres.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 3:05pm: Channels TV Correspondent reports that there are issues of card reader failure in some polling units but it is being properly handled.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 1:30pm: Voting commences across several polling units in the state.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 11:30am: Election official says they have experienced few challenges during accreditation of voters but there are adequate provisions by INEC  to accommodate persons who are affected, to enable them get accredited.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 8:30am: Polls open in Kogi State. Voters begin the accreditation exercise towards electing a new governor or retaining the incumbent.

All accredited voters will get the opportunity to choose from the 22 candidates cleared by INEC to contest in the election.

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 7:30am: Channels Television’s correspondents covering the elections said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials and materials arrived most polling units at a little after

Saturday, November 21, 2015: 00:00am: It is D-day! Kogi State citizens above the age of 18 vote for their choice governor to lead them for the next four years.

The state has been calm and there is heavy security presence in the state with the Police leading with 15,000 men on ground. The Independent National Electoral Commission has also assured residents of a hitch-free and credible poll.

 

Police Commission To Monitor Officials In Bayelsa Poll

PSC To Send Team To Monitor Bayelsa PollThe Police Service Commission (PSC) says it is sending a team to Bayelsa State to monitor the conduct of Police officers on electoral duties during the governorship elections scheduled for December 5.

In a statement signed by the PSC’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, the commission said on Wednesday that a 19- man team of monitors led by one of its commissioners and a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Yakubu Muhammad, would leave for the Nigerian southern state on Thursday.

According to the commission, “this is in the exercise of PSC’s constitutional mandate of holding the Police accountable for its actions or inactions.

“It is also part of the commission’s contribution to the sustenance of the nation’s fledgling democracy since the integrity of the electoral process cannot be fully achieved if the security personnel, more especially the Police, fail to discharge their constitutional responsibilities”.

The commission urged the Police officials on electoral duties to observe the rules and regulations guiding their conduct and also work within the ambit of the rule of law.

It also noted that the officers should be fair but firm and to ensure that all eligible voters were allowed to discharge their civic responsibilities without molestation.

“The Commission also wishes to warn that it will not hesitate to commence disciplinary action against any Police Officer caught circumventing the rules before, during or after the elections.

“It also warns politicians and voters to conduct themselves in orderly manner adding that they should refrain from enticing the police men on electoral duties so that they are not compromised,” PSC said.

The commission promised to continue to play its role in the advancement of the nation’s democracy and the enthronement of the will of the people during elections.

It also called on the residents in Bayelsa State to call 08033010586; 08033326666; 07064782445; 08037002162 or 08091366476 to report any police misconduct or exemplary conduct during the election.

PSC said it would also send monitors for the supplementary elections in Kogi State following the declaration of the earlier election inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The commission revealed that the police officials on electoral duties during the November 21 Kogi governorship poll conducted themselves creditably with no complaints of neglect of duty or complicity in electoral offences.