2023 Elections: Police begin training for 79 mobile force officers

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Abuja, Jan. 13, 2023 – The Nigeria Police Force has started a two-week refresher training for 79 squadron commanders of the Nigeria Police Mobile Force at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State.    

Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), said the training was geared at strengthening the operational efficiency of the squadron commanders and for more effective tactical deployment of their personnel to ensure a secured and hitch-free environment before, during, and after the 2023 general elections.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement on Friday that the focus of the course would include the use of contemporary riot control gadgets for suppression of riots and other serious disturbances.

Others are crowd control techniques, ambush and counter-ambush, diplomatic protection, combating internal security challenges and insurgency as well as gun safety and weapons handling.

“The IGP has charged officers and men of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), the punching arm of the Force, to effectively make use of the opportunities the training would offer them and improve on their crime control mechanisms and general safety strategies, especially towards having free, fair and credible 2023 General Elections,” he said.

Adejobi said the IGP, last Thursday, met with representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) to discuss possible areas of partnership to strengthen the oversight and accountability mechanisms of the Nigeria Police Force including the Complaint Response Unit (CRU) and the Provost Department of the Force.

The force spokesman said the meeting discussed synergy between the foreign agencies, the Police Reform and Transformation Office (PORTO), the office of the President Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Police to improve the policing system in Nigeria and handle disciplinary matters judiciously. (GBN)

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