The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is set to train 400 of its men on election security management ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), who Usman Baba disclosed this on Wednesday at a meeting with Commissioners of Police and other stakeholders in Abuja, said the 400 police officers would be selected from across the country to train other officers.
The training which is in partnership with Solar Security and Consult Company Limited would feature sessions led by legal and security experts, including top officers of the armed forces, to provide lessons on the legal and the security framework guiding the roles and actions of the police, and how to facilitate and maintain an inter-agency collaboration, including with the media, to ensure a hitch-free election exercise.
According to a statement made available to newsmen, ‘’The training forms part of the reform and upgrade agenda of IGP Usman Alkali Baba to strengthen and build the capacity of the Nigeria Police Force, particularly as the country heads into an important election year during which incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari will hand over power to a newly-elected leader following his completion of the constitutionally-permitted eight-year term’’.
The IGP noted that the training would be held across the six geopolitical zones and Officers selected to participate will, in turn, train their subordinates, causing a domino effect expected to raise policing quality and election management across the country.