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Edo Guber: Police All Out For Security

Showing it readiness to provide safety and to ensure the Edo State governorship election on September 10 is conducted in accordance to the electoral law, in an atmosphere of peace and security, five highly ranked police officials have been deployed to monitor and coordinate the security operations in the state during the voting.
According to a press release issued by Force Public Relations Officer, Don N. Awunah, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris deployed a deputy Inspector General of Police, assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police and three commissioners of Police to coordinate the security operations, supervise the deployment of security personnel and facilitate the electoral process throughout the State.
IGP also approved the deployment of additional 25,000 Police personnel, comprising the Police Mobile Force [PMF], the Counter Terrorism Units [CTU], the Anti bomb Squad [EOD], the Marine Police, Conventional policemen, the Armament Units, Personnel from Force criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department [FCIID], Force Intelligence Bureau [FIB] and the Sniffer Dog Section.
In addition, the Police Aerial Surveillance Helicopters and Gun Boats,10 additional Armoured Personnel Carriers and five hundred and fifty patrol vehicles will be deployed, to cover all the polling units, rack centers, collating centres, Riverine areas and difficult terrains.
Playing a political peace broker to guarantee a credible election which outcome will be generally acceptable, the IGP will convene a Peace Accord Meeting (PAM) of all the political parties, candidates, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, Election Observers and other stakeholders before the date of the election in Benin City, Edo State. This meeting will focus on the overall desirability of peace during the election and adherence to the rules of the game.
The release noted that all Police Personnel and other complementing Sister Security Agencies are under strict instructions to be professionally polite and civil but firm in the discharge of their statutory duties. They are to provide adequate security for the electorates, INEC officials, electoral materials, election observers and all stakeholders throughout the period of the election.
The force, however, advised that “For the avoidance of doubt, political parties and their leader, Traditional Rulers, community Leaders, Parents and guardians are advised to warn and prevail on their members, supporters, subjects, children and wards to be law abiding and not allow themselves to be used as canon folders to cause disturbance of the peace or disruption of the electoral process. The spirit and letters of the law will be fully applied on any person or group of persons found violating the Electoral Act.”
However the IGP solicited for the Edo people to cooperate with the Police in the discharge of their duties as the security personnel will operate within the framework of Democratic Policing.

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