US envoy advises IG on election security

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has advised the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on provision of security for the 2019 elections.

The envoy who was at the Force headquarters, Abuja on Friday, said the credibility of the polls depended on robust security during the general elections.

He said that the US was aware of the security challenges confronting Nigeria and the efforts of the Police to tackle them.

The envoy, who spent barely five minutes with his host, said he was optimistic that the right things were being done to ensure that peace and security reigned in the country.

Responding, the IG said that the Police, under his watch, was tackling the security challenges in parts of the country, noting, however, that the challenges could not be resolved without the support of the citizens.

Adamu called for further assistance from the US in the area of technology to further enhance the operational capacity of the force.

He said, “We are also seeking the support of the diplomatic community. We need your support in the area of training for our personnel which you have done several times.”