The Nigeria Police will need a workforce that is mentally and physically prepared to face the challenges of electioneering next year.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ogbonnaya Onovo, said this on Wednesday while addressing officers at the Oyo State Police Command, Eleyele, Ibadan.
He said officers and other ranks of the Force would also “need a lot of public education’’ in preparation for 2011 general elections.
Onovo, in a message read on his behalf by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of ‘D’ Department, Israel Ajao, said preparations for next year’s general election should start now.
He said the police would not allow itself to be used by any political party to commit electoral malpractices in the elections.
To ensure peaceful elections, he said the Force had deployed the six Deputy Inspector Generals of Police to all the six geo-political zones to sensitise officers.
“The visit is to identify problems and peculiarities of each of the state in the zones and how to team up with the government, people and opinion leaders in crime prevention and control,’’ Onovo said.