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Osun election: We’ll not tolerate vote buying, selling - IGP

Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris has warned that the Nigeria Police Force will not tolerate “Vote Buying and Selling” anywhere in Osun State before and during the forthcoming governorship election scheduled to take place on the September 22.

To this end, he has directed that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented in the state to ensure a secure and peaceful environment.

According to IGP, “The Force hereby wishes to warn all political parties and their flag bearers to prevail on their agents, members and supporters not to engage in buying and selling of votes which is in violation of the electoral act.

“The following phone numbers can be used by any member of the public who noticed any act of Vote Buying and Selling anywhere in the State before and during the election: 08037025670, 08037160989, 08033415589 and 08032451594.

“The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations has been deployed to the State and already on ground. He will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police and Eight (8) Commissioners of Police and other senior Officers. Each of the Eight (8) Police Area Commands in Osun State will be manned by a Commissioner of Police.

“The DIG, DOPS will lead, implement and coordinate the security operations, and also supervise the deployment of all Personnel of other Security Agencies under the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ACCES for the election throughout the 3,764 Polling units/voting points in the 332 Wards and the 30 LGAs of the State.

Idris stated that special security identification tags will be worn by all security personnel deployed for the election, adding that No personnel of any security agency will be allowed to move to any other location other than where they were deployed to throughout the election period.

“Security personnel attached to public office holders and politicians, and other VIPs will not be allowed to follow their principals to the polling units or collation centres throughout the election.

“Consequently, Security personnel are warned to desist from escorting their Principals and Politicians to polling units and collation centres during the election. Any deviant security detail will be apprehended and dealt with accordingly.

IGP Commissioners of Police and their personnel in states contiguous to Osun State, such as Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun and Kwara States have been directed by to be on red-alert with their personnel, stressing that they should collaborate to prevent crimes, hoodlums, miscreants and other unwanted elements from infiltrating from their States to Osun State to disrupt the election.

“Two Police Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, 30 Armoured Personnel Carriers, 10 Armoured Personnel Vehicles and 300 Police patrol vehicles are already deployed to cover the entire State including difficult terrains.

Idris further stated that other security and safety agencies who are members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ICCES in the State have also been posted to complement the Nigeria Police Force during the election.

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