Edo: Police deploys 31,000 personnel ahead of election

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Nigeria Police Force has deployed 31,000 personnel to Edo State ahead of Gubernatorial election, while vowed to deal with violators of electoral laws and rules during the election, irrespective of political affiliation.The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu disclosed this on Monday at a stakeholders meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benin ahead of the governorship election holding on Sept. 19.

He said that the stakeholders meeting was a platform for interaction with political actors in the governorship election with a view to charting a course for a peaceful poll, stressing that the police remains impartial, firm, and committed to the conduct of a free, fair and credible election in the state.He noted that the force was not unconscious of heightened tension and violence that had characterised political campaigns ahead of the election, while stressed that violators of electoral laws and rules during the election would be decisively dealt with irrespective of political affiliation.

He added that the personnel deployed would ensure adequate security and protection across the three Senatorial District as well as the 192 wards and the more than 2,000 polling units in the state as he called for cooperation from members of the public to achieve a peaceful election.He noted that for the first time, inter-agencies’ in the state had developed a code of conduct for security personnel that would be deployed for election duties.

“The police and other security personnel deployed for the election have been trained to be civil in carrying out their responsibility”.He advised parents and guardians to appeal to their children and wards to resist the temptations by politicians to engage them in violence.

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