The Civil Society Coalition On Good Governance has made case for better training and motivation for the Nigerian Police to enable it perform its constitutional responsibility.
The group said this has become imperative following tension created by political activities which has threatened the internal security of the country.
Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, convener of the conference, Mr. Okey Nwanguma noted that it is the responsibility of the Police to provide service and and protection of voters, electoral officials and other citizens during and after the general elections.
“They must discharge these functions in a neutral, impartial, professional and effective manner if they are to earn public trust and support.
Government should ensure that Police officers and other security agencies (excluding the military) involved in election duties are paid their allowances on time and before they go to the field,” he said.
Nwanguma also urged the government to ensure effective oversight of the Police to ensure they complied with and act within the law.
He said militant groups like the OPC, MASSOB should not be allowed to intimidate law abiding citizens, adding, “while we concede to groups their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, these rights must be expressed in a peaceful and lawful manner”.