Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Nigerian Police Force has commenced on massive training of its personnel on crowd management before, during and after the elections across the country.
The training which is expected to last seven days is to among others sensitized the police officers towards ensuring that the personnel discharge their duties professionally.
Speaking during the training in Kaduna, the Commandant, Nigerian Police College, Kaduna, C.P Lawan Ado said the training is aimed at ensuring high display of professionalism amongst the police officers during the forthcoming general elections.
“The training commenced on January 27 and it is expected to come to an end on February 2, 2019,” he disclosed.
According to him, he said, the training has become necessary in order for the Nigerian Police Personnel in providing adequate security and surveillance during the 2019 general elections.
In his speech, Gen. Chris Garuba (Rtd.), said the Police Officers are always in the forefront of protecting the lives and property of the citizens, hence the need for them to be more proactive while complementing the efforts of other stakeholders.
He added that 250 police officers were drawn from different commands for the training, which according to him includes: Kaduna, Plateau, Katsina and Kano States.
Gen. Garuba (Rtd.), who was the former governor of Bauchi state disclosed that the training of the Nigerian Police Force will also take place in the following states: Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo, while Lagos State will be the convergent point for the training, which will later be extended to other parts of the country.
One of the participants of the training, SP Ibrahim Yakubu lauded the initiative, saying that they have learnt from the training, especially in the area of crowd management.