Bayelsa/Kogi Guber: PSC To Monitor Conduct Of Police Officers During Election

Police Officers deployed for the conduct of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States this weekend will be monitored, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has said.


According to PSC, plans have been concluded to deploy 45 officials to monitor the elections in the two states for November 16, 2019.

PSC said 20 officials would be dispatched to monitor the conduct of policemen on electoral duties in Bayelsa State, while 25 would be in Kogi State to benchmark the conduct of the officers against the approved rules of engagement for police officers on electoral duties and other relevant laws guiding such exercise.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had on November 1, 2019 disclosed that the force would deploy 66,241 personnel to provide security during the governorship polls in the two states.

In a statement by PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani on Tuesday, cases of misconduct by police officers arising from monitoring exercises would be investigated by the commission and any officer found guilty will be punished accordingly.

The statement called on officers of the force to operate within the ambit of the law and to be professional in the conduct while remaining neutral and apolitical


The statement read in part: “The monitors will be in eight Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State and the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State. The team will be expected to arrive the two states on Wednesday, November 13 to monitor the deployment of men and materials, as well as the conduct of the officers before, during and after the elections.”

The Bayelsa State team would be led by Austin Braimoh, the Commissioner representing the South-South zone and the media, while the Kogi State team would be led by Rommy Mom, the Commissioner representing the North Central and the human rights organizations in the PSC.

The commission has provided dedicated telephone lines to enable Nigerians to report cases of police misconduct or exemplary conduct during the elections.

The Chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector-General of Police, said the monitoring exercise was informed by the constitutional mandate of the commission “to exercise disciplinary control over the police.”

The statement continued: “The police must be held accountable for their actions and inactions including during elections.

“The commission will continue to send monitors to monitor police conducts during elections as part of its contribution to the sustenance of the nation’s growing democracy as the police, the lead agency in both internal and election security are expected to ensure that citizens are provided with the enabling environment to discharge their civic responsibility and that the electoral process is adequately protected.”


Leave a comment