The Police Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday night said it would take appropriate disciplinary measures against any police personnel captured compromising the integrity of the forthcoming general election.
Najaatu Prophet, a member of the commission, said the police must remain apolitical and discharge their own duties diligently and professionally.
The commissioner also urged other stakeholders to operate within the confines of the law, so as to make policing the polls easier.
NAN reports that Mohammed, who spoke in Kaduna at a stakeholders meeting organized by the PSC on the 2019 elections, said the public must also support policemen to discharge their duties responsibly.
“ The NPF is foremost agency tasked with providing visible security throughout the election, thus, the PSC is therefore very interested in how the police perform themselves in this all important task of ensuring the credibility of the process.
“ PSC will ensure that best practices in postings are carried out towards this particular election in order to strengthen our democracy, ” she said.
Prophet further said that “ the commission will not hesitate to act on any issue that arises from the public as a result of any illegality. ”
She anxious that the police must remain alert, be approachable, professional, impartial and reasonable during the elections.
She added that they could only use pressure when absolutely necessary and must remain in constant communication with their superiors.
The PSC official stressed that policemen on election duty were anticipated to have good knowledge of electoral law, wear uniform and identification tags within a visible manner.
Muhammad said the PSC was well conscious of past allegations of unprofessional conduct by errant members of the police force within previous elections.
“ For this other reason, the PSC will certainly set up and create awareness hotlines for complaints by citizens.
“ We urge Nigerians to report acts of indiscipline and lack of professionalism and reliability by any member of the force to the commission for quick resolution. ”