The Nigeria Police Force has given Nigerians the assurance of a secured atmosphere before, during and after the 2023 general elections.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba stated this in Ibadan at the opening of the annual conference of the Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officers and Strategic Communication Experts.

The annual conference with the theme “Strengthening Strategic Communication Towards Police Reforms, Security and Integrity of 2023 Election” was to empower police image makers on matters relating to Election Management, Law Enforcement, and Communications.

The IGP who spoke through the Deputy Inspector-General,1, of Police in charge of Southwest, Mr Babatunde Kokumo said the programme became necessary considering the task ahead of the elections.

The IGP said the police public relations officers, remained the image makers of the force, hence the need to be well informed for strategic communication in the discharge of their civic responsibility.

The Inspector General was of the opinion that training of officers and synergy among other security agencies would guarantee, free, fair and credible elections.

In a remark, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed described the program as a necessary tool for peace and security.

Represented by the Director of Production and Documentation in the ministry, Mr Ibidapo Okunnu, The Minister said it was important Police Public Relations Officers were well informed on the significance of strategic communications in dealing with the public, to reduce misinformation and fake news capable of heating up the polity.

Earlier, In his address of welcome, the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi expressed optimism that the conference would equip officers with the needed skills, especially during the general elections.

The highpoint of the conference was the conferment of awards of excellence on some police public relations officers who distinguished themselves in the line of duty.

They include Adewale Osifeso from Oyo and Benjamin Hundeyin from Lagos State.

The program, being attended by 37 Command Public Relations Officers covering the 36 States of the Federation and FCT, Abuja, 17 Zonal Public Relations Officers, Liaison Officers of Police Formations, as well as the staff officers of the Force Public Relations Department ends on Thursday, 15th December 2022.

Rasheedah Makinde

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