- The police command in Edo state has said the force would deploy over 7,000 personnel for the forthcoming elections
- The command said officers would be coming from Lagos state to increase the number of police officials in Edo
- Residents of the state were also advised not to be scared of the unusual presence of the police personnel in the state during elections
The police command in Edo state has said it has concluded arrangement to deploy more than 7,000 police personnel across the state to provide security during the general elections.
The acting police commissioner in the state, Olusegun Odumosu, made the disclosure on Monday, February 11, in Benin during a news briefing in his office.
Odumosu, however, said that aside the figure, additional personnel from the force headquarters as well as Lagos state would be sent to the state to complement the existing personnel.
He disclosed that already, a Deputy Inspector-General (DIG), as well as three Assistant Inspector-Generals (AIGs) have been deployed to the state. The police commissioner explained that the AIGs would take charge of each of the three senatorial districts.
Odumosu said that personnel deployed have been specially trained and equipped for the election coverage.
He advised the residents not to entertain any fear of molestation, but to come out and vote freely in an orderly manner.
The commissioner, however, warned the youths not to allow themselves to be used as agents of violence during the elections, “as elections should not be seen as war.”
Odumosu gave the assurance that the police would play by the rule.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Police Service Commission approved the appointment and deployment of some police commissioners.
Kayode Egbetokun, a former chief security officer to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was ppointed as the commissioner of police for Kwara state. 36 others were also deployed.
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