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Police Service Commission Gives Reasons For Inability To Secure Elections Effectively

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) says lack of inadequate personnel of security agencies and lack of necessary logistics were the reasons for the inability to secure last elections effectively.

Naija News reports that the Presidential and National Assembly elections which took place last Saturday, February 23, were marred with violence across the nation.

Reacting to the development in a statement issued on Friday, March 1 and obtained by Naija News, the Commission said the provision of adequate security by the agencies with improved strength backed by logistics will ensure that peaceful environment is created for unhindered citizen participation in subsequent elections to discourage miscreants from disrupting the election process.

The statement reads in full: “The Police Service Commission wishes to emphasise the need for massive employment into the Nigeria Police to address the manifest inadequate manpower noticed throughout the country during the February 23rd Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

“The Commission in its Interim Monitoring Report said it intends to continuously highlight the urgent need to regularly beef up the strength of the police force in particular and the other Para-military agencies in general.

“It noted that provision of adequate security by the agencies is possible with improved strength backed by logistics which will no doubt ensure that peaceful environment is created for unhindered citizen participation in subsequent elections to discourage miscreants from disrupting election process.

“The Commission deployed personnel throughout the country to ensure that Policemen conduct themselves in accordance with the law and the rules of engagement already well known to them.

“The Monitoring Team of the Commission, however, observed that most of the police officers arrived early at the voting centres and were professional, approachable with their requisite accreditation tags for easy identification as attested to by voters and some other stakeholders,” the statement added.