- The Nigeria Police Force says it will ensure adequate security for the governorship election in Edo state
- To ensure this, the IGP has approved high ranked policemen to be deployed to the south-south state
- One DIG, AIG, and eight commissioners of police will be deployed to the state for the election
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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has approved the deployment of 10 high ranked police officers to Edo for the forthcoming September 19 governorship election in the state.
DCP Frank Mba, the Police Force Public Relations Officer made the disclosure in a statement he issued.
It was gathered that this is in line with Nigeria Police Force (NPF) efforts to ensure adequate security for the governorship election in the south-south state
According to The Nation, Adamu deployed Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Olusola Oyabade to supervise security for the poll.
The DIG will be assisted by Karma Hosea Hassan, the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Federal Operations and eight police commissioners.
Mba went on to add that both the DIG and AIG will superintend over the entire security and ensure effective monitoring of the election and due enforcement of all electoral laws.
He said in addition to the ten high ranked policemen to be posted to Edo other senior police officers involved in election monitoring and evaluation.
Mba further noted that security aides attached to VIPs and political appointees have been barred from accompanying their principals on the day of the election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, Adamu met with Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room.
IGP Adamu had a high-profile meeting with members of civil society groups, top police officers, and the media in Abuja on Monday, August 31.
Among issues discussed were measures that will ensure smooth and violence-free gubernatorial elections in both states.
Before now, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had cried out over threats of violence by some persons during the polls.
In a related development, six political parties in Edo have signed a peace accord pledging to eschew violence before, during and after the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The parties are the All Progressives Congress (APC), Zenith Labour Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Young Peoples Party, African Democratic Congress, and the Allied Peoples Movement.
The peace meeting tagged “Stakeholders peace accord” was organised by the Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGOS).
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