Ondo election: CSOs tasks Police to sustain, improve Edo performance

By Hassan Zaggi

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), have called on the Nigeria Police Force to sustain and also improve on the exceptional performance of its men during the recently concluded Edo elections.

They further called for improvement on the culture of managing elections by the Force.

The CSOs made the call when the Convener and Co-convener, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Mr. Clement Nwankwo and Barr. Esther Uzoma, respectively, led other representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria visited the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, in Abuja, Monday.

This is even as the IGP has vowed to replicate the feat it achieved in Edo during the Ondo state.

While appreciating the CSOs for their commendable roles in the electioneering processes and their contributions toward the passage of the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, the IGP reassured that the Force would continue to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other critical stakeholders in Election management towards ensuring free, fair, peaceful and credible elections, not only in the Ondo Election but in subsequent elections in the country.

The meeting, according to a statement by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, availed the Police leadership the opportunity to carryout post-election analysis and general overview of the just concluded Edo State Guber Election, in addition to getting feedback especially from the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Human Rights Community on necessary gains to advance and observed lapses to correct in subsequent elections.

The statement revealed that the members of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room were at the Force Headquarters to congratulate the IGP on the recent reforms and achievements of the Force, especially the new Nigeria Police Act, 2020, which repeals the Police Act Cap. P19, Laws of the Federation, 2004 and secondly, the recent commendable outing in the just concluded Edo Guber Elections.

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