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Foundation to train police for future elections

Posted: Apr 16, 2015 at 9:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By  Hassan Zaggi Correspondent, Abuja

 

In order to improve the operational performance of the police and the security agencies in subsequent elections, Clean Foundation has concluded plans to organize a post election security management forum.

The training is aimed at addressing and proffering solutions to the security gaps discovered in the recently concluded elections and to also lay out the framework for future elections.

The Executive Director of Clean Foundation, Kemi Okenyodo, disclosed this at the presentation of the preliminary statement on the conduct of security officials at the April 11, gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in Nigeria held in Abuja on Wednesday.

The group, a non-governmental organization, promoting safety, security and justice is said to have recruited, trained and mobilized a team of over 512 election observers, who observed the conduct of security personnel during the recently concluded general elections.

Her words: “We noticed from incident reports that some states deployed voluntary policing groups who provided security at the polling units. This was seen in Jigawa, some polling units in Kaduna, Enugu and some states in the north east.

“If you look at world as a global village, this is not the trend and that is why we are organizing a post election security management forum.

“This post election security management forum will allow us to dissect properly what kind election management framework we need to have in Nigeria that suits us.

“From the findings of our election viability poll, one of the main findings is that Nigerians felt more secured when they see the face of military during election.”

On whether the presence of the military was necessary in the just concluded election, she said: “Yes, we agree that the Nigeria police Force should be strengthened, but should we  be looking at a more  synchronized inter agency system that we have better election security management.”