Following the commendable performance of the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force during the recently concluded Edo gubernatorial election, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has vowed to replicate the feat in Ondo state.
The IGP gave the assurance when the Convener and Co-convener, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Mr. Clement Nwankwo and Barr. Esther Uzoma respectively, led other representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria on a courtesy visit on the IGP in Abuja, Monday.
While appreciating the CSOs for their commendable roles in the electioneering processes and their contributions toward the passage of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, the IGP reassured that the Force would continue to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other critical stakeholders in Election management towards ensuring free, fair, peaceful and credible elections, not only in the Ondo Election but in subsequent elections in the country.
The meeting, according to a statement by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, availed the Police leadership the opportunity to carryout post-election analysis and general overview of the just concluded Edo State Guber Election, in addition to getting feedback especially from the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Human Rights Community on necessary gains to advance and observed lapses to correct in subsequent elections.
The statement revealed that the members of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room were at the Force Headquarters to congratulate the IGP on the recent reforms and achievements of the Force, especially the new Nigeria Police Act, 2020, which repeals the Police Act Cap. P19, Laws of the Federation, 2004 and secondly, the recent commendable outing in the just concluded Edo Guber Elections.
They, however, called for sustainability and improvement on the Police culture in managing elections as was evident in Edo State.