The Police Service Commission (PSC) hasn’t taskd police officers deployed for the March 11 Governorship and State Assembly elecrions to improve performance from what obtained during the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The commission in a press statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, Monday in Abuja.noted they it was currently studying cases of police conduct in the last elections.
Ani disclosed that PSC staff monitors deployed to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have since turned in their reports.
“The commission is demanding improved performance from police officers on election duties during this Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections.
“It is also expecting reports from the Management of the Nigeria Police Force on proven cases of misconduct for Commission’s consideration.
“The commission says police officers on election duties should restrict themselves to ensuring that voters are allowed to discharge their civic responsibility and that their votes are protected.
“It demands that the police, in collaboration with sister security agencies, must ensure the votes of Nigerians in this Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections count,” the statement read in part.
The spokesperson further disclosed that, “The commission warns that the police must not encourage the subversion of the people’s will at the polling and collating units and must not show any sign of partisanship whatsoever.”
He said PSC acting Chairman, Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi (retd.), has promised that better and improved performance from police wiould attract reward from the commission.
This is as she called on police officers on election duties to go all out and make the nation proud.
“Justice Ogunbiyi said the 2023 elections holds great promise for united and prosperous nation,” he added.
Ani said she prayed that God should guide and protect the commission’s nonitors, personnel of the security agencies, and Nigerian voters during Saturday’s elections.