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Amotekun, Other ‘Quasi-Security Outfits’ Won’t Be Engaged For 2023 Polls, Says IGP

By Jimisayo Opanuga
23 September 2022   |   12:36 pm
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali on Thursday said South-West Amotekun, South-East’s Ebube-Agu and other “quasi-security outfits” established by state governments would not be engaged in election security during the 2023 general elections.

Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali on Thursday said South-West Amotekun, South-East’s Ebube-Agu and other “quasi-security outfits” established by state governments would not be engaged in election security during the 2023 general elections.

Alkali in a statement by the force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, noted that such establishments are not legally-backed for the exercise.

Adejobi said; “Similarly, the IGP emphasized the fact that all quasi-security outfits established by various state governments and local communities operating under different nomenclatures, structures, and orientations have no legal roles under the Electoral Act and in the electoral process,”

“He, therefore, directed all Police Managers to ensure they are not utilized by political or community actors for any role during the electioneering campaign and other electoral processes as such would amount to an illegality, a threat to national security, and inimical to the nation’s democratic interest,” he said

The force spokesman added the Inspector-General of Police has charged all officers to boost the security of public space by guaranteeing a crime-free and enabling environment during the political campaigns.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recently announced that the campaign will commence on Wednesday, September 28 for presidential and national assembly elections nationwide.”

He added that the IGP urges the officers to ensure their actions and decisions align with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, the 1999 constitution and the Nigeria Police Act 2020.

“The IGP tasked all Strategic Police Managers with discharging their duties before, during, and after the electioneering process in line with the dictates of the Electoral Act 2022, and the Code of Conduct and Nigeria Police Force Rules of Engagement for Security Personnel on Election Duty issued in 2020 by the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES).” Adejobi said.