The police have deployed 30,000 operatives, two helicopters and 250 patrol vehicles, including five Armoured Personnel Carriers, for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, acting
DCP Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement
in Abuja on Sunday that the security
operation for the poll would be supervised
by the Deputy Inspector-General
of Police, Operations, Joshiak Habila,
who would be assisted by an
Assistant Inspector-General of Police,
four Commissioners of Police,
eight Deputy Commissioners of Police
and 18 Assistant Commissioners of Police.
He explained that each Senatorial district
would be manned by a Commissioner of Police.
“To ensure adequate security and safety of life
and property before, during and after the elections,
the IGP has approved the deployment of 30,000
police personnel in Ekiti State for the election.
“Four policemen and two others from other security
agencies will be on duty at each polling unit throughout the state.
The Police Mobile Force, to be headed by a
very senior officer, will provide security at
the results collation centres,” the statement explained.
The deployment, the police said, also included
10 Armoured Personnel vehicles, Police Mobile
Force Units, Counter-Terrorism Unit,
the Special Protection Unit, the Anti-Bomb Squad,
conventional policemen, the Armament Unit,
Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation
Department and the sniffer dogs section.
The force stated that other security and
safety agencies who are members of the
Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on
Election Security in the state would
complement the Nigeria Police during the election.
The police added that threat assessment had
been carried out in the state and all identified
flashpoints and trouble-prone areas had
been addressed, stressing that it would deal
with anyone or group “no matter how highly
placed whose utterances or conduct are
contrary to the electoral Act or that could
incite disturbance of public peace, law and
order before, during or after the election.”
Moshood explained that special security
identification tags would be worn by all the
security personnel on election duty, insisting
that no operative would be allowed to move
to any other location during the election
period other than where he was deployed.
“As part of additional measures to guarantee a
peaceful and credible election, the IGP
will on July 9 attend a stakeholder and
peace accord meeting of all the 35
political parties participating in the
election and their candidates, election
officials, observers and other accredited
stakeholders in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State,”
He declared that security personnel
attached to public office holders and
politicians would not be allowed to
follow their principals to the polling
units or collation centres.
“Commissioners of Police and their
personnel in states close to Ekiti State,
such as Ondo, Osun, Kwara, Kogi, Ogun,
Edo and Oyo States have been directed
by the IG to be on the red alert with their personnel.
“Restriction of vehicular movement in
and out of Ekiti State will commence
from 12-midnight of Friday, 13th July 2018
till the end of the election.
Travellers and other road users are advised
to make use of alternative routes.
However, those on essential duties on the
genuine course will be granted passage,” the police said.