Nigeria’s Police Service Commission (PSC), says it will provide toll free lines to the public, aimed at monitoring the conduct of police personnel during the 2019 General Elections to ascertain their adherence to professionalism.
The Commission said the phone lines will enable the public to specifically report erring officers who plays partisan politics rather than sticking to the professional conduct of the Police Force.
Speaking at a press briefing in the northcentral city of Jos, the Plateau state capital on Wednesday, the Police Commissioner Representing Human Rights North Central, of the Police Service Commission, Bar. Rommy Mom, said the decision was to correct the mistakes that transpired in previous elections held last year in the south-west states of Ekiti and Osun.
“The PSC will be monitoring the Police Conduct in the 2019 General Election across the entire country with a view to ascertain professionalism in order to ensure the credibility of the electoral process.
“We shall be providing toll free lines to the general public aimed at reporting any erring police officer during the polls.
“This has become necessary as we do not want a reoccurrence of what happened in Ekiti and Osun states last year.
“We shall not hesitate to sanction erring police officers because we want to maintain our standard in protecting democracy as the police force is the largest and leading agency providing 85% of security personnel for the 2019 elections.
“In every state we shall set up a smaller team to work with at the Headquarters to synergies and coordinate the Police network during the elections.
“We however urge all Nigerians to report acts of indiscipline and lack of professionalism by any member of the Force to the Commission for quick resolution,” Mom said.
The Commissioner also reminded the public that the PSC is responsible for the appointment, promotion and discipline of all police officers with the exception of the IGP.
Mom also said that on the 21st of January, the Commission will train 50 police officers from each geo political zones which will as well step down training across the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
Our correspondent reports that the Workshop drew participants from the northcentral states of Plateau, Kwara and Niger States.