COVID-19 Third Wave: PSC Warns States, Political Parties To Ensure Strict Compliance

A file photo of the SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, addressing reporters at the PTF briefing in Abuja on July 27, 2020.

 

Following the recent confirmation of more cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in several states and the continued rising number of infections and hospitalization across the country, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), has called on all political parties, State governments, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIEC) to ensure strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols in the conduct of all political events in the country.

Political mass gatherings serve as super-spreaders events for the propagation of COVID-19 infection in our communities. Such events must be carefully controlled to ensure maximum public safety in terms of the risk of transmitting the infection among the vulnerable population.

In line with this, the PSC through its chairman, Boss Mustapha, has reiterated the significance of the publicized INEC policy on the conduct of political events and the Code of Conduct for Voters and Political Parties within the context of COVID-19.

In his communique on Friday, Mr. Mustapha who also serves as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) cautioned all political parties to institute public health and social measures in all locations where political events will occur.

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These measures include:

i. Mandatory use of face masks for everyone attending these political events. Persons without face masks should not be allowed access to the venues

ii. Hand hygiene facilities including soap and water/ hand sanitizers should be made available for people before gaining access to the venues

iii. Enclosed venues should be adequately ventilated and must not exceed 50% of venue capacity (a minimum of 2 metres should be observed among people at the gathering).

iv. If essential, multiple locations or time-slotting should be used with appropriate numbers of people to enable adequate physical distancing in each gathering per time.

The PSC called upon all Political Parties, INEC, and SIECs to ensure and enforce compliance to the extent possible of these provisions and other safety measures to protect the Nigerian population.

Magu: Buhari Not Responsible For Promotion In Police – Garba Shehu

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and ex-EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is not responsible for promotion in the Nigeria Police Force, the presidency said on Thursday.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, stated this shortly after the Police Service Commission (PSC) promoted 24 Commissioners of Police to the rank of the Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIG). Among others.

However, the former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu was declined promotion.

Reacting to the development, President Buhari’s media aide said promotion in the nation’s police structure is determined by the PSC, noting that his principal had no hand in the exercise.

“President Buhari, or any Nigerian President for that matter, is not responsible for promotions in the Police. That is the business of the Police Service Commission, PSC,” Shehu stated.

READ ALSO: PSC Drops Magu, Promotes 24 Commissioners Of Police And Others

“In the case of the gentleman in question, who is currently under investigation, common sense dictates that his eligibility will be determined by that outcome. The PSC could have given you the correct position on this if there was an effort to reach them.”

Shehu’s reaction followed some rumours suggesting that President Buhari was pushing for the Magu’s promotion who has been under probe over allegations of misuse of his office.

Some reports had emerged that Magu had been penciled down for promotion from present CP rank to AIG by the PSC despite the alleged adverse recommendations of the Justice Ayo Salami panel that investigated the allegations.

But the PSC in a statement by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, “declined the promotion of CP Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of Police.”

The ex-EFCC boss served as acting chairman of the anti-graft agency from 2015 to 2020, and was rejected twice by the Senate.

Magu was later suspended along with several others for allegedly mismanaging funds of the commission, an allegation he repeatedly denied.

He was probed for over three months by a judicial panel of inquiry led by a former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.

PSC Drops Magu, Promotes 24 Police Commissioners

A file photo of former EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has declined the promotion of a former acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu but promoted others including 24 Commissioners of Police.

“The Commission declined the promotion of CP Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of Police,” the spokesman of the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani said in a statement issued on Thursday.

All newly-promoted Commissioners of Police are now ranked as Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs).

He explained that the promotion were the highpoints of the commission’s 12th Plenary Meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday presided over by the PSC Chairman and a former Inspector General of Police, Musiliu Smith.

It listed the newly-promoted AIGs as  Usman Nagogo, currently CP Federal Intelligence Bureau, Force Headquarters Abuja; Bala Ciroma, Cp, FCT Command; Ahmad Abdurrahman, NIPPS, Jos; Adeleke Adeyinka Bode, CP, Kebbi State Command; Muri Umar Musa, CP Kaduna State Command; Lawal Jimeta Tanko,( former  COMPOL POPOL) and presently Commandant Police Academy Wudil Kano; Dauda Abdulkarim, Commandant Police Traning College Kaduna; Usman Alhassan Belele, CP Research and Development, Force Headquarters Abuja; Adebola Emmanuel Longe, CP. Nasarawa State; Musa Adze, CP Anti Fraud, FCIID, Abuja; Philip Sule, former CP Ebonyi and currently CP SPU Force Headquarters, Abuja; Usman Sule Gomna, CP Jigawa  State Command.

Others are Adamu Usman, CP Niger State Command; Daniel Sokari Pedro, Deputy Commandant, Police Academy Wudil, Kano; Ahmed Mohammed Azare, CP Taraba Command; Adamu Saleh Jajeri; Maigana Alhaji Sani, CP FCIID Annex Kaduna; Audu Adamu Madaki, former CP Welfare, presently CP, Benue State; Ibrahim Sani Kaoje; NIPPS; John Ogbonnaya Amadi CP Airport Command; Ede Ayuba Ekpeji, CP Kogi State Command; Mohammed Bagega, Kwara State Command; Bello Makwashi, CP Borno State Command, Buba Sanusi, CP Katsina State Command.

Equally, the commission confirmed the appointments of three acting Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs). They are Tijanni Baba who took over from Rtd DIG Aminchi Samaila Baraya for North East; Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, who replaced Rtd DIG Ibrahim Larmode, North East and  DIG Moses A. Jitoboh who succeeded Rtd DIG Ogbizi Michael for South-South.

Thirty-five Deputy Commissioners of Police were also promoted to Commissioners.

The Chairman of the Commission while pledging PSC’s resolve to ensure that officers’ promotion will always be fair, congratulated the newly-promoted police officers and urged them to be committed to serving the country within the ambit of the law.

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POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION
PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
PRESS RELEASE
PSC PROMOTES 24 CPs, 35 DCPs, 52 ACPs, 50 CSPs, DROPS IBRAHIM MAGU
—confirms 3 DIGs
The Police Service Commission has confirmed the acting appointments of three Deputy Inspectors General of Police. The Commission also approved the promotion of twenty four Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Assistant Inspectors General of Police. The Commission however declined the promotion of CP, Ibrahim Magu, former acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The decisions were the highpoints of the Commission’s 12th Plenary Meeting held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6th and 7th of July, 2021 and presided over by Commission’s Chairman, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police.
Similarly, the Commission approved the promotion of 35 Deputy Commissioners of Police, to the rank of Commissioners, 52 Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners and 46 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners. It also considered and approved the promotion of 10 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents, 17 Deputy Superintendents of Police to Superintendents, 139 Assistant Superintendents of Police, whose names were skipped during the last promotion, to Deputy Superintendents and nine Inspectors to Assistant Superintendents of Police.
The Commission declined the promotion of CP Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of Police.
The three DIGs whose acting appointments were confirmed by the Commission were Tijanni Baba who replaced Rtd DIG Aminchi Samaila Baraya for North East; Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim, who replaced Rtd DIG Ibrahim Larmode, North East and DIG Moses A. Jitoboh who replaced Rtd DIG Ogbizi Michael for South-South.
The 24 Commissioners of Police promoted to Assistant Inspectors General of Police were; Usman Nagogo, currently CP Federal Intelligence Bureau, Force Headquarters Abuja; Bala Ciroma, Cp, FCT Command; Ahmad Abdurrahman, NIPPS, Jos; Adeleke Adeyinka Bode, CP, Kebbi State Command; Muri Umar Musa, CP Kaduna State Command; Lawal Jimeta Tanko,( former COMPOL POPOL) and presently Commandant Police Academy Wudil Kano; Dauda Abdulkarim, Commandant Police Traning College Kaduna; Usman Alhassan Belele, CP Research and Development, Force Headquarters Abuja; Adebola Emmanuel Longe, CP. Nasarawa State; Musa Adze, CP Anti Fraud, FCIID, Abuja; Philip Sule, former CP Ebonyi and currently CP SPU Force Headquarters, Abuja; Usman Sule Gomna, CP Jigawa State Command; Adamu Usman, CP Niger State Command; Daniel Sokari Pedro, Deputy Commandant, Police Academy Wudil, Kano; Ahmed Mohammed Azare, CP Taraba Command; Adamu Saleh Jajeri; Maigana Alhaji Sani, CP FCIID Annex Kaduna; Audu Adamu Madaki, former CP Welfare, presently CP, Benue State; Ibrahim Sani Kaoje; NIPPS; John Ogbonnaya Amadi CP Airport Command; Ede Ayuba Ekpeji, CP Kogi State Command; Mohammed Bagega, Kwara State Command; Bello Makwashi, CP Borno State Command, Buba Sanusi, CP Katsina State Command.
The 35 Deputy Commissioners of Police promoted to Commissioners include; Idowu Owohunwa, Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector General of Police; Babaji Sunday, Deputy Commissioner, Operations, FCT Command, Arungwa Udochukwu Nwazue, former DCP, Operations, FCT and currently DCP, Ops Zone 9, Umuahia; Ayuba Elkana, DCP Ops Zamfara State Command; Mohammed Barde, DCP CID, Borno State Command; Abdullahi Mudasiru, DCP Force Intelligence Annex Lagos; Salisu Gedeji, DCP Training FHQs Abuja; Umar Mohammed Na,Isa DCP Ops, Jigawa; Musa Baba, DCP Armament, FHQs Abuja; D.D Kromda; Chollong Gyang DCP, CID Zamfara; and Aliyu Tafida.
Others were; Abubakar Lawal; Aliyu Haruna; Alhassan Aminu, Abdul Umar; Vincent Amakiri; Adewale Harry; A.M Williams; Shettima Zanna; Ebong Eyibio, DCP Admin, Bayelsa State Command; Adepoju Ilori, DCP Accounts and Budget, Force Headquarters, Okon Okon, DCP, National Defence College, Abuja; Echeng Echeng DCP Zone 13, Ukpo; Sussan Horsfal, fomer DCP CID Airports Command and presently DCP CID, Akwa Ibom State Command; Adeshina Morenkeji, Augustine Arop, former DCP Admin, Akwa Ibom State Command and presently DCP CID, Osun State Command and Bankole Lanre Sikiru, DCP Interpol Lagos among others.
The 52 Assistant Commissioners of Police promoted to Deputy Commissioners include; Akinbayo Olasunkanmi Olasoji, Area Commander, Area B, Apapa, Lagos; Bello Yahaya, ACP Ops, FIB, Abuja; Bakori A. Ibrahim, former PSO to Inspector General of Police and presently Commandant Bayelsa State Task Force on Operation Doo Apo; Adepoju Olugbenga Adewole, Area Commander P, Alagbon Close, Lagos sate Command; Ajide Olayinka;Alice Agba; Sadiq Idris; Mustapha Abubakar; Agbo Godwin; Aliyu Iliya; and Samuel Oke.
Some of the Chief Superintendents of Police promoted to ACPs include; Ibrahim Ada Usman; Jatau Hassan Anga second in command 23 PMF, Lagos; Benjamin Ogungbure; Elechi Raphael Nkem; Shehu Sambo, Makanjuola Abiodun and Abayomi Olugbenga Megbope.
Olusegun Rafiu, Mohammed Awwal Yahaya and Ben Kalio were some of the ten Superintendents of Police promoted to Chief Superintendents, while Erhabor Orobosa Henry was one of the 17 DSPs promoted to Superintendents of Police.
Deputy Commissioners of Police who were due for promotion to Commissioners of Police had earlier appeared before the Commission in Plenary where they were interviewed.
The Chairman of the Commission, Musiliu Smith congratulated the beneficiaries and demanded of them the commitment to the service of the Nigerian nation and to operate within the laws of the land and with the fear of God. He said the Commission will continue to ensure that promotions in the Police will follow due process and as and when due.

Ikechukwu Ani
Head, Press and Public Relations
8th July 2021.

Police Promotion: PSC Insists NO Zone Has Been Marginalized

 

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has reiterated that no part of this country has been deliberately short-changed in the promotion of officers of the Nigeria Police Force. The Commission notes that promotion in the Police Force is guided by defined rules and regulations that have nothing to do with ethnic or religious considerations.

The Commission on Wednesday stated that it has since sanitized the processes of recruitment, promotion, and discipline in the Force and has ensured that these processes are also governed by established rules and regulations.

“It is on record that the Commission has contributed to ensuring sanity in the recruitment of qualified Nigerians into the Nigeria Police Force where the principle of federal character is now considered alongside merit.

“The Commission is a product of the 1999 Constitution as amended and further consolidated by the Police Service Commission (Establishment) Act, 2001. It met at inception in 2001, a recruitment process that needed to be made more transparent and inclusive through respect for the federal character principles such as advertisement of the recruitment exercise, observance of equality of states, and merit,” a communique from the PSC read.

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The Commission advised that Nigerians from all the states of the country should encourage their wards to not only show interest in all levels of recruitment into the force but in being successful in getting in and also striving to remain in the Force so that they don’t create future problems for their geopolitical zone of not having representation at critical levels of the force.

“It is unfair and ungodly for the Commission to therefore be accused of marginalizing any geopolitical zone of our country during the promotion of Officers to the senior ranks of Commissioners and Assistant Inspectors- General of Police since those that will be considered will be Officers that remained in service to rise to ranks qualifying them for selection.

“The Nigeria Police Force is a regimented organization with a tradition and laid down rules and regulations for carrying out its activities and the Commission has never deviated from this tradition except in very rare cases where public interest will be served,” the PSC further stated.

The Commission reiterated that it will at no time consciously marginalize any section of the country in the promotion and deployment of senior police officers, adding that it will continue to be guided by the established rules guiding promotions in the Nigeria Police Force in the larger interest of the Nigerian nation.

Members OF CCB, PSC Sworn In As First FEC Meeting Of 2021 Holds

Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau sworn in during FEC meeting

 

 

Three members of the Code of Conduct Bureau and a member of the Police Service Commission were on Wednesday sworn in during the first Federal Executive Meeting (FEC) of 2021.

The members include Ehiozuwa Johnson Ogbonayinma, Babatunde Olayinka Balogun, and Benedict Umeano for the Code of Conduct Bureau and Onyemuche Nnamani of the Police Service Commission.

The FEC meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari virtually had in attendance Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Nine Ministers were physically attending the meeting, they are Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Police Affairs, Muhammadu Dingyadi and Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Others are Ministers of Education, Adamu Adamu, Industry Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, Environment, Muhammad Mahmood and Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and other Ministers are participating in the weekly council meeting from their various offices in Abuja.

Also, before the commencement of the meeting, a minute silence was observed in honour of two former Ministers, Jubril Martins Kuye and Bala Kaoje, who died recently.

Kuye, who was Minister of Finance from 1999-2003 and later Minister of Commerce from 2010-2011. He died on Sunday 17th January 2021, at the age of 78.

While Bala Kaoje, who died on Tuesday 19th January, at the age of 60, was Nigeria’s Minister of Sports in 1999.

Four Senior Police Officers Sacked For Misconduct

A file photo of policemen.

 

Four senior police officers have been sacked from service for engaging in serious misconduct and acts unbecoming of public officers.

The Police Service Commission said this in a statement issued on Sunday by its Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani.

Ani said that the PSC took the decision at the 10th Plenary Meeting presided over by its Chairman, Mr Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police on Friday.

“A Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, was dismissed for discreditable conduct, dishonesty and act unbecoming of a public officer,” the statement partly read.

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“A Superintendent of Police was also dismissed for conspiring with four others to vandalize a transformer and stealing. The Commission also directed that the Officer should be prosecuted.

“The two other dismissed officers included a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)and an Assistant Superintendent of Police.”

The PSC spokesman explained that the DSP led a team that intercepted three Mercedes Benz trucks conveying about 300,000 live cartridges believed to have been smuggled across the border from the Benin Republic.

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PRESS RELEASE

PSC DISMISSES FOUR SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS OVER SERIOUS MISCONDUCT AND ACTS UNBECOMING OF PUBLIC OFFICERS; REDUCES THE RANKS OF TWO

The Police Service Commission has dismissed four senior Police Officers over cases of serious misconduct and acts unbecoming of public officers. The Commission also reduced in rank two other Officers while also handing punishments of severe reprimand and reprimand to four others (two each).

The Commission took these decisions at its 10th. Plenary Meeting presided over by Commission Chairman, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police and which came to an end on Friday, December 18th, 2020.

A  Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, was dismissed for discreditable conduct, dishonesty and act unbecoming of a public Officer while a Superintendent of Police was also dismissed for conspiring with four others to vandalize a transformer and stealing. The Commission also directed that the Officer should be prosecuted.

The two other dismissed Officers are a Deputy Superintendent of Police and an Assistant Superintendent of Police. The DSP was said to have led a team that intercepted three Mercedes Benz trucks conveying about 300,000 live cartridges believed to have been smuggled across the border from Benin Republic into Nigeria. The team was said to have impounded the trucks at base for three days but made no entries nor a situation report of the arrest relayed. The DSP rather raised a fake letter purporting to escort the vehicles and suspects to Federal SARS Lagos with the dubious intention of ensuring their unlawful release. Luck however ran out of the team when they were intercepted at a Military checkpoint where soldiers on duty insisted on verifying the contents of the trucks. The DSP and his team were said to have abandoned the trucks and fled.

The ASP was dismissed for misappropriation, action prejudicial to the security of the state; sabotage; dishonesty and act unbecoming of a public officer.

The Commission also treated several appeals and petitions.

The Commission had also during the Plenary Meeting approved the  promotion of four Assistant Inspectors General of Police to the substantive rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police.

The new DIGs are expected to represent their geo-political zones in the Police Management Team.

The new DIGs are AIG Usman Alkali Baba, currently acting DIG Administration; AIG. Dan Mallam Mohammed, AIG in charge of Zone 13 Ukpo, Anambra State; AIG David Oyebanji Folawiyo, AIG in charge of Zone 17, Akure and CP. Joseph Egbunike, CP, Budget.

Thirteen Commissioners of Police were elevated to the rank of AIG, twenty-three Deputy Commissioners to CP, twenty-nine Assistant Commissioners to DCP, ninety-one Chief Superintendents to Assistant Commissioners including CSP Bello Dankal DPO, Bagwai Division, Kano State and five hundred and ninety-nine Superintendents promoted to CSPs which also included the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State, SP Haruna Mohammed and SP Umar Adekunle Fagbemi 2i/c SIB, Rivers State.

Ikechukwu Ani

Head, Press and Public Relations

Sunday, December 20th 2020

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.