The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has called for collaboration among security agencies in the country ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Idris made this statement at the Election Security Management Workshop in Abuja, on Thursday, with the theme: Pathway To a Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria.
The workshop was organised by the office of the National Security Adviser, in collaboration with Solar Security and Consult Company Ltd. and Partners West Africa, Nigeria.
Speaking at the workshop, Idris claimed that the path to credible election in the 2019 election is to collaborate with other security agencies.
His words: “It is when we work together by sharing intelligence and manpower that we can better deliver credible elections,” he said.
The police boss also pointed out that the greatest challenge of the police and other security agencies in providing security during elections was the conduct of politicians.
Idris also took the opportunity to call on all politician to imbibe the culture of non-violent politics.
His words: “Politicians should avoid conducts which may precipitate violence before, during and after elections.
“They should make their campaigns issue-based rather than attacking other candidates,” he said
The police boss claimed that politicians engaged in electorate malpractice would be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Idris said that the force would not be deterred in ensuring credible elections in the country as it was constantly training and building the capacity of officers on election duties.
He assured that all strategic operational plans for credible elections in 2019 have been concluded.
The IGP added that it was the responsibility of the force as the foremost internal security agency to provide security for elections at national, states and local levels.
In attendance at the workshop included personnel of NSCDC, Nigeria Immigration Service, FRSC, Federal Fire Service, Police, Army, Air Force, Navy and Nigeria Prison Service.