By Demola Akinyemi
Ilorin â€” Ahead of the 2011 elections, the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has concluded plans to commence intensive special training both locally and internationally for selected officers to equip themÂ with the necessary security strategy that wouldÂ effectively nip in the bud any crisis that may disrupt the elections.
Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone 8, comprising Kwara, Kogi and Ekiti states, MrEmmanuel Anunlru,Â who stated this in Ilorin, weekend while briefing newsmen on the activities of the zone in the first quarter of the year, assuredÂ that the security operatives would be up to the task during and after the elections to achieveÂ maximum success.
The AIG who was represented by the Kwara State police boss, Alhaji Muhtairi Ibrahim, on the occasion said the special training was being carried out in the country and overseasÂ by bothÂ the officers and men of the Force.
He expressed the readiness of the police to build on the achievement recorded during the last election in Anambra State and ensured that the forthcoming general election was hitch free to protect the nation’s nascent democracy.
Anunlru who advised politicians to discourage violence during their electioneering campaigns and the election proper noted that this would assist the nation to witness a new dawn in the political growth.
The AIG urged that politicians should not make the next elections a do-or-die affair since there must be a looser and a winner in any contest, stressing that this is the best mind-set to ensure peace in the country.
He also urged the politicians and other stakeholders in the polls to join hands with the police so that the elections do not lead to break down of security acrossÂ the country.
On the activities of the police force in the zone, the AIG said there were reported cases of criminalities in the zone during the period under review and allayed fears over the degeneration of the situation, promising that the police would do everything possible to put the situation under control to bring new lease of life to the residents of the zone.
Anunlru while denying rumour of religious tension in Kwara State, however, warned that the police would deal with any person or group found to be involved in the peddling of such rumour knowing full that the state is known for peace and development.