The Nigeria Police has deployed a Deputy Inspector General of Police, assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police and three commissioners to Edo State ahead of the September 10 governorship election, to coordinate the security operations and facilitate the electoral process throughout the state.
The acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, also approved the deployment of additional 25,000 police personnel, comprising the police mobile Force (PMF), the Counter Terrorism Units [CTU], the Anti bomb Squad, the Marine Police, Conventional policemen, the Armament Units, Personnel from Force criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and the Sniffer Dog Section.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Don Awunah, the police had also deployed its aerial surveillance helicopters and gun boats, 10 additional armoured personnel carriers and 550 vehicles to cover all the polling units, rack centers, collating centres, riverine areas and difficult terrains.
The FPRO also noted that the police personnel and other complementing sister security agencies were under strict instructions to be professionally polite and civil but firm in the discharge of their statutory duties as they are to provide adequate security for the electorates, INEC officials, electoral materials, election observers and all stakeholders throughout the period of the election.
The police also warned political parties and their leaders, traditional rulers, community leaders, parents and guardians to prevail on their members, supporters, subjects, children and wards to be law abiding and not allow themselves to be used as canon folders to cause disturbance of the peace or disruption of the electoral process.
DCP Awunah noted that the spirit and letters of the law would be fully applied on any person or group of persons found violating the Electoral Act.