The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has approved the setting up of an election planning, monitoring and evaluation team for deployment across the states of the federation to identify, analyse, and mitigate threats, as well as carry out an on-the-spot appraisal of the security emplacements ahead of the general elections. The police authorities said, was in furtherance of the IGP’s drive for safe, secured, and credible general elections, as well as to ensure adequate security coverage before, during, and after the general elections. The Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed this in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Wednesday. The IG has similarly appointed the vice President of INTERPOL and Head, of the National Crime Bureau, AIG Garba Umar, as the national coordinator of the team. Members of the team include the Force Secretary, AIG Habu Sani, the CP Election Monitoring Officer, Basil Idegwu, and the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi. The team also has seven other Commissioners of Police, 15 Deputy CPs, 30 Assistant CPs, 30 Chief Superintendents of Police, and 16 strategic officers of other ranks. The statement partly read, “The IG, while reiterating the commitment of the police to ensuring that the elections are safe, secure, credible, and in line with global best practices, tasked the team to, among other things, ensure the propriety of deployments, give real-time coverage of the electoral process, and safeguard against hostile external and internal influence using INTERPOL, anti-cybercrime, and intelligence tools and assets of the NPF.“In the same vein, Baba reaffirmed the establishment and viability of the Electoral Offences Desks domiciled at the State Criminal Investigation Departments of all commands across the nation headed by the Assistant Commissioners of Police in charge of the SCID.”The EOD is saddled with the responsibility of collating, investigating, and prosecuting all matters relating to electoral offences nationwide.

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