Technocrat Media, Ado-Ekiti
Usman Alkali Baba, Inspector General of Police (IGP) says 17,317 officers of the Nigeria Police Force would be deployed for the Ekiti State governorship election to hold this Saturday.
The IGP said the force has put in place appropriate strategies at mitigating possible threats to the election and guarantee adequate security across the state, before, during, and after the election.
Mr Baba spoke at the traditional pre-election stakeholders’ meeting, in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, against the backdrop of various concerns expressed about the credibility, transparency, and security of the election.
He assured that all Police officers and other security agencies, including the military that has been mobilized to complement the police, shall remain apolitical, firm, and professional in the discharge of their election security mandate.
The IGP disclosed that the Police would deploy 17, 317 personnel to secure the electoral space in Ekiti. He assured that while the security personnel would remain civil enough and protect the law-abiding citizens, they “will be decisive in dealing with any political and subversive deviants that may test our will by attempting to disrupt the peaceful order during the election”.
The police boss called on peace-loving and law-abiding citizens to go about exercising their franchise without fear, as the Security agencies, he assured, have been trained on what to do. He however warned those who may be planning to disrupt the process for political gains through thuggery or other means to have a rethink. He warned: “they will be identified, isolated and decisively dealt with as prescribed by law, irrespective of their status, inclination or political affiliation.”
In his remarks, the supervising INEC National Commissioner for Ekiti State, Mr. Sam Olumekun, noted that the campaigns by political parties and their candidates, held between 20th March and 14th June 2022, witnessed minimal challenges, in terms of violence and offensive language.
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