160,000 Cops on Special Training For Ekiti, Osun Polls
The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Muhammed Abubakar, has expressed the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force to ensure hitch-free governorship elections taking place in Ekiti and Osun States, South-West Nigeria this year.
The IGP, who gave this assurance when the US Ambassador, Mr. James Entwistle paid him a courtesy visit at the FHQ, Abuja, noted that already not less than one hundred and sixty thousand (160,000) Police personnel are receiving relevant training on election duties in different Police training institutions across the country in preparation for these elections.
The Police officers are receiving specialised training on electoral laws, election security, crowd control skills, anti-riot operations, covert intelligence operations and general principles of democratic policing.
On his part, the US Ambassador promised increased collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force in the area of capacity building and other security-related matters, promising that the US Government is committed to the growth and success of Nigeria’s democracy and economy.