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IGP suspends deployment of DIGs, AIGs, CPs for election duty six days to elections

THE Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has suspended the redeployment of Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), and Commissioners of Police for election duties six days before the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The police chief on February 7, this year, redeployed certain DIGs, AIGs, and CPs ahead of the country’s national elections.

The redeployment was part of the police authority’s strategy to ensure that officers and men of the Force are not partisan prior to, during, and after the elections.

However, the Force Secretary gave a signal to Daily Trust on Sunday, in which the IGP ordered senior officers to cease their movement till further notice.

The senior cops were expected to return to their new beats tomorrow before the new signal was released.

Issued late on Friday via a police wireless message, DTO: 171830/02/2023, the signal was titled: ‘’Posting senior officers for 2023 general elections duty.’’

“INGENPOL directs that all officers deployed for election duties suspend movement to areas of deployment and await further directive. Ensure strict compliance,” the signal stated.

A senior police officer, who confirmed the signal, to daily trust said no reason was given for the suspension.

“The signal was released on Friday, but I don’t know why it was suspended,” he said.

However, a top source attributed the suspension to the rivalry between the IGP and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, over the constitution of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security.

The source said; “when the committee was constituted, the INEC chairman was named as the chairman while the NSA serves as the co-chairman. This did not go down well with the IGP, who believes he should be the co-chairman and not the NSA.

But a top INEC official punctured the claims, saying ” the IGP has never been named as co-chairman of the committee. Check the records of last year’s election, it was the NSA.”

This suspension is coming weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) raised concerns that the cashless and currency swap policies of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would pose a challenge to the successful conduct of the general elections.

The commission said if nothing was done to address the cash crunch caused by the policies, it would find it difficult to deploy staff and materials for the elections as most of the services required cash to obtain.

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