From Emmanuel Iyoho
Ahead 2023 general elections, the assistant inspector-general of Police in charge of Zone 9 Umuahia, AIG Isaac Akinmoyedehas charged officers of the zonal command to carry out a comprehensive study of the 2022 Electoral Act (as amended).
The AIG gave the charge in Umuahia, the Abia State capital during a monthly general meeting held with officers of the command recently.
In a statement by the police public relations officer, Zone 9 Command Headquarters, Umuahia, SP Jack-Rabin Yisrael Ini-Obong, a copy made available to Pioneer Politics, the police boss said a vast knowledge of the laws including the Constitution, the Police Act & Regulation as well as the Electoral Act and other extant laws (including International laws, Conventions, and protocols) remained a sure foundation for confident-building in enhancing effective policing in the country.
He called on police personnel on election duties to possess or avail themselves with adequate knowledge of their rights and limitations to guide their actions and inactions appropriately based on the provisions of the enabling laws.
He equally urged the lecturers and coordinators to put in their best efforts to effectively demystify the Act in order to impact more positively and equip the policemen on-field duties and internalize it in the officers and men of the force generally.
These, according to the statement include the democratic values and principles as well as the expected roles, actions, and performance so as not to be found wanting in any way.
“As relevant to the expected police duties before, during, and after the elections, the lecture was well delivered by the erudite officer-in-charge of the Legal Section of the Zonal Criminal Investigation Department (ZCID), CSP Sampson Onyemauchewith collaborative supporting contributions by some senior officers and management team of the command,” the statement added.
Pioneer Politics report that the meeting was well attended by all strata of officers at the Command and anchored on some selected section by section analysis of the contents of the 2022 Electoral Acts (as amended).