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16,691 policemen undergo election protection training

As part of preparations for the 2015 general elections, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has sent 16,691 police officers on promotion course where they are expected to undergo intensive training on election protection duties.

The course which is concurrently taking place at various police training institutions nationwide, is designed to equip the men with new skills in standard operational policing practices, human rights protection, principles of democratic policing as well as rules of engagement in election security.

A statement on Tuesday in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said the training is part of comprehensive measures by the police to ensure an orderly, crisis-free election ahead of 2015.

It stated that the IG expects the promotion to boost the morale of the men and enhance their optimal performance in field operations.

Abubakar congratulated the officers while charging them to imbibe the character of discipline and professional ethics in line with the code of conduct of the Force.

“The IG further assures Nigerians that the Nigeria Police will continue to strategically adopt the best approaches in ensuring the security of lives and property as well as protecting the integrity of all elections in the land,” the statement added.

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