Police Chief, Usman Baba on Thursday said quasi-security outfits established by state governments would not be allowed to provide any form of seurity during the 2023 general elections.
IGP Baba disclosed this on Thursday, during a conference for strategic police managers, which included officers from the ranks of commissioners.
Amid rising insecurity in the country, many state governments established security outfits to mitigate attacks and criminality. In the south-west, Amotekun was created by the governors while their south-east counterparts set up Ebube Agu.
The police Chief maintained that such quasi-security outfits were not expected to be deployed for electioneering campaigns and other electoral processes, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Baba, who urged the officers to ensure their actions and decisions align with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, the 1999 constitution and the Nigeria Police Act 2020, warned that the force would not tolerate any form of abuse.
He asked the officers to be fair to all political parties in their engagement during the election season.
“We are also expected to adopt a professional orientation that emphasises democratic values and respect for human rights and dignity,” the inspector-general of police was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria.
“As critical actors in the electoral process, the credibility of the 2023 general election will be measured by the extent to which we abide by professional and legal standards.
“It will also be measured by our decisions and actions as we interface with political parties in emplacing appropriate machineries to guarantee a peaceful electioneering campaign process.
“We must leave no citizen in doubt of our commitment to national peace and security, as well as our determination to advance the democratic and national security interests of the country,
“All quasi-security outfits that were established by the various state governments and local communities, operating under different nomenclatures, structures and orientations have no legal roles in the Electoral Act 2022.”