Ahead of the forthcoming Bayelsa and Kogi states governorship elections, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, Monday, met with Squadron Commanders of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) to formulate ‘a robust template that will ensure that the polls in the states are’ free, fair and creditably transparent.’
According to a statement by Acting ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the Force Public Relations Officer, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, Arase’s meeting with the commanders is the first since his appointment.
The meeting which had in attendance MOPOL Squadron Commanders from across the country was held at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Addressing media men at the Conference hall of the Force Headquarters, IGP Arase said the meeting was held to review the operations of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) in the face of present security challenges facing the nation.
He also said the meeting was held to look at strategic and operational issues associated with the forthcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States, just as he informed the Squadron Commanders that the country is counting on their strength, commitment and loyalty as the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states draw closer, while the Force management deploys credible officers to the affected States, saying, “our resolve and competence will once again be tested in this onerous assignment”, as he eulogized the professionalism of the Police Mobile Force.
IGP Arase further told the PMF Commanders that the reason for the parley, aside analyzing operational trends of the Squadrons, was to brainstorm and fashion out a robust template that will ensure that the forthcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States come, free, fair and creditably transparent.
He also used the occasion to assure the nation that the Nigeria Police, ‘being the custodian of our internal security is mapping out ways to deploy men to liberated areas in the North-East,’ adding further that ‘logistics and men deployed must be in upmost shape and competent.’