By Kingsley Omonobi & Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€” The Police High Command, yesterday in Abuja, directed all the Commissioners of Police in the 36 states of the federation and Abuja to immediately begin a work-plan detailing the strategies they intend to employ towards ensuring that the conduct of the 2011 elections in the country is free and fair.
Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, who gave the directive at a meeting with all the deputy inspectors-general, DIGs; assistant inspectors-general, AIGs and Commissioners of Police, CPs, in Abuja, noted that the work-plans should include the requirements of equipment, logistics in terms of mobility, welfare and motivational needs to make the officers and men excel.
Said Onovo, â€œMy attention has been drawn to the fact that towards the 2011 elections, political intrigues and underground campaigns are gathering high momentum. I want to inform all of you, officers that this election will be a grand test for us all.â€
â€œI have assured Nigerians that nobody will be disenfranchised, that nobody will be intimidated out of the election and that their votes would count. The examples of the elections in Edo and Anambra state s and the recent FCT elections are there for all to see our readiness to perform a neutral role in the coming elections.”
On the recruitment ofÂ 40,000 constables, Onovo stressed that due to the pressure of time, the policemen would be given a three-month crash training programme in police training institutions, noting that after the elections they would return to complete the training for another three months.