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Osun Election: Police performance signals hope for 2023 conduct – PSC

Osun Election: Police performance signals hope for 2023 conduct - PSC

Chairman of the Police Service Commission ( PSC), Alhaji Musiliu Smith, has said that the progress recorded by the police in the Osun State Governorship election was a signal that the 2023 General elections would be a huge success.
The retired Inspector-General of Police, however, called on the Nigeria Police to sustain the momentum and preparations for future elections.
Mr. Smith, while assuring the support of the Commission to ensure improved performance in future elections, said that the Commission would continue to promptly reward officers who display exemplary performance in the discharge of their duties to serve as motivation for others to copy from.
According to him, the performance of the Police during the Osun State Governorship election is a signal that future elections in the country would witness good coverage by Police and other security agencies.
In a statement, the Service Spokesman, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, noted that “the Commission monitored policemen on election duties in the 30 Local Government Areas of the state and rated their performance above average.
“The policemen arrived at the polling centres on time and were professional in their conduct. They exhibited a high level of commitment to their duties and were able to restore orderliness in most of the Polling Units. There were an average of three policemen in most of the units who were properly dressed with their name tags and were also firm and courteous to voters.
“Despite initial squabbles in a few polling Units, the Police with the assistance of officers of the Civil Defence, Federal Road Safety, and in some places, the men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Department of State Security were able to quickly restore peace and order.
The Polling units were devoid of arms carrying security agencies in line with the requirements of the law, but both armed Military men and special forces of the Police mounted roadblocks and paraded the streets.
“Commission monitors across the state reported that there was no major violence recorded in most of the polling units visited. The policing of the Osun Governorship election was a huge improvement on the last Governorship election in Ekiti state earlier widely adjudged free and fair.

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