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PSC sends 400 to monitor police, releases dedicated lines


[FILE PHOTO] Nigeria Police

The Police Service Commission (PSC) will send 400 monitors to the 36 states and Abuja to evaluate the conduct of policemen on electoral duties during the general elections, which begins on February 16 with federal elections.

The commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, noted that the evaluators were expected to leave Abuja today (Wednesday).

“The commission’s monitors will be armed with its guidelines for the conduct of officers on electoral duty, and the officers’ conduct during the elections will be assessed based on the guidelines.

“The commission has also procured dedicated telephone lines for the electorate to access the monitors and complain or commend the conduct of the police, the lead security agency for the elections.

“The dedicated lines are: Abia 07087971417,
Adamawa 08083283429, Anambra 09060242915, Akwa Ibom 08023313250, Bauchi 08155618915,
Bayelsa 09072933330,
Benue 07064477489,
Borno 07010717323,
Cross River 08037002162, Delta 08173918368,
Ebonyi 08107984407,
Edo 07088882376,
Ekiti 08023609059,
Enugu 08053399365,
Gombe 08112210442,
Imo 08033326666,
Jigawa 09025788444, Kaduna 08178246464,
Kano 07085479495,
Katsina 08025056517,
Kebbi 08076791608,
Kogi 08090976725,
Kwara 08054970152,
Lagos 08023081301, Nasarawa 08169464872, Niger 08068166910,
Ogun 08065265651,
Ondo 08072981057,
Osun 08035954253,
Oyo 08023677969,
Plateau 09052929150,
Rivers 08021001313,
Sokoto 08034984841,
Taraba 08099352527,
Yobe 08036124586,
Zamfara 08096720807 and FCT 07037002990.”

National coordinator for the exercise and chairman of PSC, Musiliu Smith, urged all officers to be on the alert, approachable, professional and ensure fairness and firmness.

In another vein, former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, yesterday enjoined the Federal Government to stop blackmailing members of the international community especially the United States of America (U.S.A.).

In a statement, Frank described APC’s allegations of partisanship against the U.S. as unfortunate, considering the highly patriotic role played by the U.S., United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and others to bring APC to power in 2015.

He called on U.S. authorities not to be deterred in their effort to ensure that the results of the coming elections are not only acceptable, but that democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights are fully entrenched in the country.

“APC is upset and uncomfortable because America has refused to bow to its shenanigans or support its anti-democratic and corruption-ridden governance. Its sole desire is for the international community to look the other way while it continues its murderous actions against democracy and Nigerians,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Citizens Group, Ibadan, yesterday expressed disappointment over the absence of the governorship candidates of the All Progressives party (APC), Adebayo Adelabu; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Seyi Makinde; and Social Democratic Party (SDP), Bolaji Ayorinde, at the signing of the citizen’s charter, a social contract by the group and some members of other professional and religious bodies for the people of Oyo State.

According to the chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ibadan chapter, Oluwole Akintayo, the charter highlights very critical areas of governance by popular demand that must be met after the election by the aspirants to ensure progress in the state.

Akintayo said that Makinde had promised yesterday that he would make it to the event, after he failed to attend the signing last week, adding that it took the group a lot of time and resources to prepare the social contract, hence they expected the candidates to come and reassure the people of their commitment by signing it.

The head organiser of the group, Jide Bamgbose, said: “Last week Tuesday, the group had over 170 professionals, religious personnel and other important individuals who waited for our future leaders and they did not turn up; today, same thing just happened.”

But the governorship candidates of Providence Peoples Party (PPC), Taiwo Ibiyemi; National Interest Party (NIP), Bolanle Ashabi; and some other parties were available to sign the social contract last week.

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