- All eyes are on Edo election as the state prepares for a major political battle
- The acting Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has spoken on the police plans for the election
- He said the helicopters and vehicles would be deployed to the state for effective policing of the election
Ahead of the September 10 governorship election billed for Edo state, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has concluded plans to deploy helicopters and 200 vehicles to monitor the election.
According to the acting Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, the helicopters will provide aerial surveillance during the election, while the vehicles will logistics for Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel, as well as marine police.
Idris made the disclosure yesterday, September 31 at the NPF headquarters in Abuja, during a meeting with senior police officers.
He charged the NPF personnel who will be deployed to the state for the election to be professional in their conducts, and also ensure the safety of electoral materials and officials.
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His words: “In Edo state, we are coming up with a very, very strategic order. We are going to deploy the marine police in the waterways; we are going to deploy our helicopters in the air for surveillance.
“We are re-enforcing the state with thousands of policemen. In addition to that, we are now re-enforcing them with vehicles; we are going to deploy over 200 vehicles.
“I want to call on the commissioner of police in the state and all other personnel in the state to conduct this election, to use these items meticulously, so that we have a very, very peaceful election.”
Meanwhile, Governor Adams Oshiomhole has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to import thugs from other states into Edo state for the September 10 governorship election in the state.
Oshiomhole made the allegation when he received the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) in charge of Zone 5, Benin City, Mr Adeyinka Kolawole Sodipo at the Government House, Benin recently.
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In a related development, the Edo state chapter of the PDP has declared that the All Progressives Congress candidate in the forthcoming election, Godwin Obaseki forged one of the academic credentials he submitted for the election.
According to the Edo PDP, Obaseki’s secondary school certificate examination result to gain admission to the University of Ibadan as submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission is fake.