The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday in Abuja said it had made plans to pay all officers on election duty three days before the polls.
ACP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer , made this known at the 2019 Nigeria General Election Strategic Stakeholder Engagement organised by Murtala Mohammed Foundation in partnership with Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre(CISLAC).
Mba who was represented by CSP Al-Musyapha Sani, in the Force Public Relations Department said that the measure became imperative to properly cater for their welfare and avoid instances where the policemen “”look out for help”.
“If you do not give a child food, definitely he will go out to look for food somewhere.
“That was why the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed directed that all allowances relating to election processes to every officer involved in the election must be paid before three days to elections.
“So by today they should all get their allowances paid not by raw cash but sent to their accounts .’’
Mba said that there were a lot of changes taking place in the force to ensure credible election adding that structurally, there were new commissioners of police onboard.
He said that though some people were insinuating that the transfer and posting of police was politically motivated but it was not true because for the last three weeks there were vacancies and promotions that took place in the force.
He said that 18 commissioners of police were promoted to the post of Assistant Inspector general of police therefore; their commands had been without commissioners so definitely there would be promotion of deputy commissioners to the rank of commissioners.
Mba said that the Acting IGP has had series of meetings first with assistant and deputy inspector general of police because these were the officials that would supervise the commissioners of police .
He said that the force planned differently for the 2019 elections adding that every police officer deployed to every polling unit would have his identification number, his name, his phone number boldly written in the operation order.
This, he said would ensure that the official is responsible for anything that happens in his polling unit so anything wrong in that unit would be traced to him.
He added that no police officer would go to the poling unit with any raffle and that is applicable to all security agents adding that the idea was to remove any weapon of intimidation that might scare the electorates.