Kogi election: IGP deploys additional 35,000 policemen for poll

Kogi election: IGP deploys additional 35,000 policemen for poll

- The Nigeria Police Force says it will ensure the governorship election in Kogi state is peaceful

- To ensure this, the IGP has approved additional 35,000 policemen to b deployed to the state

- Four policemen will be deployed to each of the 2,548 polling units in the state during the election

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday, November 6 approved the deployment of 35,000 policemen to Kogi for the forthcoming November 16 governorship election in the state.

This information was disclosed by the assistant commissioner of police (Kogi command) in-charge of operations, Oluwakayode Ayilara in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Nation reports that Ayilara made the comment at an event organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Search for Common Ground.

He said that all measures had been put in place towards the attainment of a free, fair and credible election in Kogi, adding that the deployment of the policemen would ensure “visibility policing.”

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He said in addition to the four policemen to be posted to each of the polling units on election day, four personnel per unit from other security agencies would also be on ground, adding that the deployed policemen would arrive in the state on Monday, November 11 from Abuja and other neighbouring states.

He further said that armed policemen would also be positioned at identified strategic areas in the state to ensure quick response to any emergency.

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He added that four policemen will be deployed to each of the 2,548 polling units in the state, assuring citizens of police neutrality before and during the election.

Meanwhile, election observer group, YIAGA Africa on Tuesday, November 5, released its second pre-election observation report on the forthcoming Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

The civil society organisation in its findings, noted that election campaigns are becoming more competitive and fiercely contested.

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The group tasked security agencies to investigate and manage the report of recruitment of thugs and stockpiling of arms, to avoid an outbreak of violence in the coming elections.

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