The Police Service Commission is to deploy 45 officials to monitor the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States on November 16th.
It added that twenty officials would be posted to monitor the conduct of policemen on electoral duties in Bayelsa State, while 25 would be in Kogi State to benchmark the conduct of the officers against the approved rules of engagement for police officers on electoral duties and other relevant laws guiding such exercise.
The Commission’s Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement in Abuja that cases of police misconduct arising from the monitoring exercise would be investigated by the commission and any police officer found guilty will be punished.
It admonished the policemen to operate within the law and to be professional in their conduct while remaining neutral and apolitical.
The Chairman of the Commission,
Musiliu Smith said the monitoring exercise is informed by the constitutional
mandate of the commission to exercise disciplinary control over the police.