Worried by the spate of insecurity and elections violence in the country, a Non Governmental Organisation, Light Africa in partnership with United State Institute of Peace (USIP) has commenced training of no fewer than 30 police officers in Edo state ahead of the gubernatorial election scheduled for November 10.
The three day training workshop on justice, security and dialogue is aimed at improving collaboration between security providers and the communities.
Besides the police officers drawn from the 32 division ,Edo State command, other participant include members of the civil society group and community leaders from Benin metropolis
In her address, program officer, United States Institute of Peace Isioma Kemakolam said the program equally scheduled to take place in six Africa countries and pivot locations in the six geo-political zones in the country was to aide the design of interventionary solution to the problem of insecurity
She enumerated the set objectives of the program to include improving relationship between citizens and security providers, making contributions to supporting more effective accountable, responsible police services across Nigeria and stimulating citizens and security providers collective abilities to address local security issues
Representative of the NGO, Eweka Iheme who blamed the last week Rivers State elections violence on inadequate deployment of security personnel and outright lack of equipment said probability that violence was on the high side prior to the election ought to have been known to the security agents
He said the organisation with a track record of promoting peace initiative since 1999 , spearheaded dialogue between the oil producing communities /companies in Niger/Delta in at ensuring peace in the region. End
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