Despite widespread condemnation by Nigerians, the Police Service Commission (PSC) has scored the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies high in the handling of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
The PSC also noted that armed men overwhelmed security agents during Saturday’s elections and urged the leadership of the security agencies to immediately take steps to mop up illegal firearms to safeguard the nation’s democracy.
The PSC stated this in a statement issued by its spokesman, Ikechukwu, on Sunday.
It expressed satisfaction with the roles played by the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in the elections.
It said the interim report of the Commission indicated that the police personnel were very professional despite numerous challenges in the two states.
The PSC said: “The strong monitoring team of the Commission to the two states observed the proliferation of illegal weapons, inadequate logistics and challenging terrains as militating factors.
“The Commission monitored the conduct of police officers on election duties in Bayelsa and Kogi States on Saturday, November 16th, 2019, and observed that the police were professional in their conduct during the elections, while the activities of illegal armed men overstretched the capacity of these officers to protect the voters and the electoral materials.”
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