Ibrahim Idris Police IG
Ibrahim Idris Police IG

By Eric Ojo, Abuja

Ahead of the 2019 General Elections, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Alhaji Musiliu Smith has reiterated the need for officers and men of the Nigeria police to be fully sensitized to abide by the ethics of professionalism and electoral rules.

Alhaji Smith said the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, should ensure that his men are educated to operate within the established guidelines for police men on election duties.

Speaking while receiving the IGP who paid him a courtesy visit in his office today in Abuja, the PSC Chairman said the Commission was preparing for the monitoring of police conduct during the forthcoming Osun Governorship election and the 2019 General Elections.

He also called for closer supervision in the Police to ensure that officers work within the dictates of the law, adding that training and retraining of police men should be given priority to enable them carry out their constitutional responsibilities more effectively.

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He equally harped on the need for the provision of adequate accommodation for officers and men of the Force so that they can be properly settled to give of their best.

Alhaji Smith, a retired IGP, also recommended the setting up of the IGP Monitoring team specifically for checking the conduct of police personnel especially those working on the nation’s highways to ensure they work as expected of them.

The PSC Chairman assured the IGP that the Commission under his control will do its best to assist the police, adding that there is need for the two government agencies to work closely so as to quickly put structures in place to reposition the police.

He equally expressed his dissatisfaction with the public image of the police, stressing that the Commission will want to quickly work with the police to change this negative perception.

“I want a positive perception for the police, let’s work closely, I assure you that the Commission will assist you”, he said.

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In his response, the IGP pledged the loyalty of the Force to the new Chairman and requested for the support and assistance of the Commission to move the Nigeria Police forward.