- Police said 30,000 personnel would be deployed to Ondo state during the governorship election
- INEC is conducting a gubernatorial poll in the state on Saturday, October 10
- Bolaji Salami, the state commissioner of police, made this known in Akure
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The Nigeria Police Force has said that no fewer than 30,000 policemen would be deployed to Ondo state to ensure adequate security and a peaceful governorship election on October 10.
Vanguard reports that the state commissioner of police, Bolaji Salami, who said this in Akure, the state capital, equally allayed the fears that foreigners would be allowed into the state before or during the election.
Legit.ng gathered that Salami said the borders would be properly checked to ensure foreigners don’t come into the state to cause disturbance of any kind, adding that adequate preparations have been concluded to enable the state to have a free and fair election.
“The Force headquarters have posted 30,000 policemen to all the 18 local government areas in the state. The Inspector-General of Police has mandated every polling unit to be secured by four highly committed and professional police officers.
“This is to ensure peace and security for every candidate and voters for credible election in the state. Assistance from nearby commands have been put in place, adequate security is assured for voters and officials during, before and after the elections,” he said.
The police boss noted that buying of votes would not be allowed, saying that other sister agencies and the INEC staff would be definitely on the ground.
He added that policemen would be on the ground in their various polling units three days before the day of the election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the re-election bid of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu got a boost on Friday, September 4, when President Muhammadu Buhari declared his support for him.
It was reported that the president also told the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to work diligently and ensure fairness in electoral processes while returning Akeredolu for the second term in office.
The president, who presented the party’s flag to the candidate at the Presidential Villa, said the reconciliation process in the state branch of the party had provided a solid ground for an easier clear victory for the candidate than he achieved in his first term.
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