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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba has declared that state-oen insecurity outfits established by state governments have no legal backings to function during the 2023 general election.
PLATFORM TIMES recalled that amid rising insecurity in the country, many state governments established security outfits to mitigate attacks and criminality.
In the south-west, Amotekun was created by the governors while their South-East counterparts set up Ebube Agu.
Baba made this known on Thursday during a conference for strategic police managers, which includes officers from the ranks of commissioners and above.
The police boss noted that the quasi-security outfits are not expected to be deployed for electioneering campaigns and other electoral processes.
He, however, urged the officers to ensure that their actions and decisions align with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, the 1999 constitution and the Nigeria Police Act 2020.
He enjoined the officers to be fair to all political parties in their engagement during the election season.
According to Baba, we are also expected to adopt a professional orientation that emphasizes democratic values and respect for human rights and dignity,” the inspector-general of police was quoted by NAN.
“As critical actors in the electoral process, the credibility of the 2023 general election will be measured by the extent to which we abide by professional and legal standards.
“It will also be measured by our decisions and actions as we interface with political parties in emplacing appropriate machineries to guarantee a peaceful electioneering campaign process.
“We must leave no citizen in doubt of our commitment to national peace and security, as well as our determination to advance the democratic and national security interests of the country.
“All quasi-security outfits that were established by the various state governments and local communities, operating under different nomenclatures, structures and orientations have no legal roles in the Electoral Act 2022.”
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