Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) Musiliu Smith has warned police officers deployed for Saturday’s election not to compromise their rules of engagement and refrain from being partisan.
According to Smith, a team of senior members of staff of the commission have been deployed to monitor police officers on election duty.
A statement yesterday by the Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, reads: “The commission has the constitutional responsibility to appoint, promote, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over officers of the force except the Inspector General of Police (IG).
“The Nigeria Police Force, as the lead agency in internal security, including during elections, is expected, by the conduct of its officers, to play a major role in the success or failure of the election. The commission has also designed appropriate guidelines for all police officers deployed in Ekiti State on electoral duties. It has released dedicated telephone numbers for Nigerians to call to complain/report unwholesome conduct or to commend exemplary performance before, during or immediately after the elections.
“The phone numbers are- 08065265651; 08072981057 and 08033345362.
“Chairman of the Commission and National Coordinator for the exercise, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, urges the commission’s delegation to ensure professionalism in their conduct.
“He warned that any staff caught undermining the efforts of the commission to ensure orderly and peaceful elections will be disciplined in line with extant laws.”
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