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Police Trains 612 Officers to Combat Cultism, Electoral Violence in Nigeria

- As IGP charges trainees to deploy expertise, cascade knowledge

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has concluded the training of Six Hundred and Twelve officers from across the 6 Geo-Political zones on effective strategies for combatting cultism, kidnapping, and electoral violence in the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The training which was held at 6 different venues in each of the 6 geo-political zones was organized by the NPF in collaboration with Wan Diyos Limited, a consulting firm, and had renowned members of the academia as well as a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG Hashimu Ibrahim Argungu (Rtd) as resource persons.

The Force spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Tuesday said the training workshop which was held between Saturday 7th January and Wednesday 18th January 2023, probed historical antecedents as well as contemporary issues and solutions to the challenges of cultism, kidnapping, and electoral violence.

The statement explained that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba emphasized that the training is germane in light of the upcoming general elections to prepare officers to train their men on vibrant tactics to identify and decimate threats to election security management.

The IGP also assured that the training and retraining of police personnel for election security management and professionalism, in all areas of modern policing, will be a continuous project even after the 2023 general elections.

He charged the trainees to deploy the expertise gained from the workshop towards improved management of cultism, kidnapping, and election-related violence even as he directed them to ensure the knowledge cascades to other officers and men serving in their respective stations/units for a wholistic approach to election security management during the 2023 general elections for free, fair, credible and acceptable elections.

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