The Police Service Commission (PSC), has said it will punish Police officers who during the 2019 general elections, engaged In electoral malpractice.
The information was disclosed in a statement by the Commission’s Head of Press and Public Relations
Ikechukwu Ani, in Abuja.
According to Ikechukwu, the PSC took the decision at a virtual meeting it had with some Non-Governmental Human Rights Organizations.
In the meeting, Ikechukwu disclosed that the PSC and the Human Rights Group reviewed the challenges of election policing during the 2019 General Elections and deliberated on possible ways and means to have a substantial improvement during the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.
Meanwhile, he said that the Commission has already concluded arrangement to officially write to the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali on the status of Police offenders during the elections with a view to ensuring that they are all prosecuted according to the Police act.
Part of his statement reads, “Participants at the Meeting had insisted that election offenders during the 2019 General Elections must be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others during the 2023 elections. They noted that the acting Inspector General of Police should hand over files of cases of these offenders to INEC for prosecution.”
“The Commission had earlier called and received memoranda on the pitfalls of election policing in 2019 and recommendations for better policing in 2023 from Nigerians and other stakeholders on election security”.