Nigeria trains 167,000 policemen for 2015 poll

Nigerian police detain suspicious people near a polling station during a security operation to stave ballot box-snatching in Bauchi, Nigeria on April 28, 2011Nigeria has trained 167,000 police officers to manage an election next year in which President Goodluck Jonathan is widely expected to seek another term, an official said on Saturday. In an effort to ensure a fair and peaceful vote in a country with a chequered electoral past, authorities have been trained “on various aspects of policing elections,” national police spokesman Frank Mba told AFP. He said Nigeria hopes to train between 350,000 and 370,000 police officers ahead of the poll. Nigeria has had a history of electoral malpractice since gaining independence from Britain in 1960.

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