2023 general election:  612 Police officers acquire more tactics to combat cultism, kidnapping, electoral violence

Razaq Bamidele

The Nigeria Police Force has concluded the training of 612 officers from across the six geo-political zones if the country on effective strategies for combatting cultism, kidnapping and electoral violence ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The training which held at six different venues in each of the six geo-political zones was organized by the Nigeria Police Force, in collaboration with Wan Diyos Limited, a consulting firm, had renowned members of the academia as well as a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Hashimu Ibrahim Argungu as resource persons.

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This was contained in a release by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to journalists, on Tuesday.

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The Training workshop, according to the Force image maker, the training workshop was held between Saturday 7th January and Wednesday 18th January, 2023. The exercise, Adejobi disclosed probed historical antecedents as well as contemporary issues and solutions to the challenges of cultism, kidnapping, and electoral violence.

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“The Inspector- General of Police, (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba emphasized that the training is germane in light of the upcoming general elections to prepare officers to train their men on vibrant tactics to identify and decimate threats to election security management.

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“The IGP also assured that the training and retraining of police personnel for election security management and professionalism, in all areas of modern policing, will be a continuous project even after the 2023 general elections.

“The IGP charged the trainees to deploy the expertise gained from the workshop towards improved management of cultism, kidnapping and election related violence even as he directed them to ensure the knowledge cascades to other officers and men serving in their respective stations/units for a wholistic approach to election security management during the 2023 general elections for free, fair, credible and acceptable elections,” Adejobi added.

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