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Ahead of the September 10 governorship election in Edo State, the police high command has hinted that it will deploy 23,000 officers and men of the Force, as well as 1,152 Hilux vans and 54 buses that will convey the personnel across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Besides, the Force headquarters Abuja said Edo election is going to be a test case in the ability of the police and other security agencies.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Joshak Habila disclosed this much, when he visited Edo State command to assess the level of preparedness for the election.
DIG Habila, who was accompanied by the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 5, AIG Olayinka Sodipo warned that the Force will not tolerate any form of thuggery, even as he said, marine police would cover the riverine locations in Ovia North-East, Ovia South-West and Ikpoba-Okha LGAs, while special arrangements would be made for flash points.
He assured voters, electoral officials and journalists of their safety, warning that thugs, who may want to interfere with the election, would face the wrath of the law, and that cases of unlawful possession of firearms would also be addressed swiftly.
He said, “I want to remind you that the election in Edo is going to serve as a test case in the ability of the police and other security agencies.
“Remember that we are not the drivers of the engine of elections in Nigeria. But we are responsible for providing robust and adequate security for those that are involved.”
The police chief also warned his officers and men to remain neutral and respect the rights of civilians in the discharge of their duties, noting that the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, would not hesitate to sanction any erring personnel appropriately.
Meanwhile the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike has hinted that 5 personnel each from sister security agencies would man each polling units.
CP Ezike, who doubles as the Chairman of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, said each policeman on election duty would be identified with a codifying tag to manage the use of orderlies and armed escorts as security details.
198 political parties are expected to participate in the election.

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