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Why the Police Service Commission wants armed undercover police officers in polling units next time

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Why the Police Service Commission wants armed undercover police officers in polling units next time

by Dare Lawal

As part of its recommendations after monitoring police conduct in the last general elections, The Police Service Commission (PSC) has recommended the deployment of armed undercover policemen at polling units in future elections.

Releasing the report yesterday in Abuja, the chairman of the commission, Mike Okiro, said that the presence of the armed undercover agents is necessary in order to protect their unarmed uniformed colleagues.

Presence of those undercover officers will also prevent the intrusion of hoodlums and political thugs who usually storm Polling Units with guns and other dangerous weapons to intimidate, kill and snatch ballot boxes.

“We observed that there was an average of one Policeman per polling unit with some units manned by two policemen. There were also few polling units without the presence of Police,” he said.

“The Police Officers on election duty in general, arrived early at their duty posts and conducted themselves in orderly manner. The Officers were also civil, courteous and professional.

“Some few incidences of Police misconduct such as drunkenness on election duty and other instances like Policemen on election duties without name tags,” the report said.

It also recommended that more Policemen should be deployed to Polling Units in future elections to ensure effective control of the voters and the election materials.

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