The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has deployed deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Adeleye Olusola Oyabade, to supervise the general security arrangement in Edo State, ahead of state’s gubernatorial election slated for September 19, 2020.
The police DIG, in charge of research and planning, will be assisted by an assistant inspector general of police (AIG), Karma Hosea Hassan, who is in charge of federal operations at the force headquarters Abuja, they will also be assisted by eight commissioners of police. Speaking on the development, the police public relations officer (PRO), DCP Frank Mba, explained it is in line with efforts at ensuring apt coordination of security arrangements towards a hitch-free election.
He also noted the DIG, with the assistance of the AIG, will superintend over the entire security architecture and ensure effective monitoring of the election and due enforcement of all electoral laws in the state.
Other senior police officers similarly involved (in election monitoring and evaluation) include: CP Garba Baba Umar, CP Habu Sani and CP Buba Sanusi, while CP Akeera M. Yonous will coordinate the operations of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other special strike forces.
The other four CPs will supervise security arrangement in the three senatorial districts of the state.
They are CP Omololu .S. Bishi and CP Abutu Yaro, Edo North senatorial district, CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, Edo Central senatorial district and CP Olokade T. Olawale, Edo south senatorial district.
Meanwhile, the IGP has barred security aides attached to VIPs and political appointees from accompanying their principals on the election day, stressing anyone who flouts this order will be severely reprimanded.
He also charged officers and men on election duties in the state to ensure they work in line with standard best practices and adhere strictly with the approved code of conduct and rules of engagement for the elections.
He called on members of the public, particularly politicians, gubernatorial candidates and other relevant stakeholders in the state, to cooperate with the police and other security agencies in the patriotic task of guaranteeing a hitch-free gubernatorial poll.