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Ekiti Election: Police Deploy 30,000 Personnel, Two Choppers, Others

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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,”

Moshood explained.

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.

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