IGP Ibrahim Kpotum Idris
IGP Ibrahim Kpotum Idris

INSPECTOR General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris has revealed that the Force has lost 128 personnel, in the past 3 months, in various parts of the country due to the activities of undesirable elements in our communities. IGP Idris stressed that more disturbing is the wanton destruction of Police infrastructure and public assets. Meanwhile, ahead of this Saturday governorship poll in Ondo state, the IGP has directed that a robust and elaborate security arrangement be implemented in Ondo State to ensure peaceful, credible, free and fair elections. Consequently, the police boss deployed a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG to be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG and 3 Commissioners of Police (for each Senatorial district) to coordinate the security operations, as well as supervise the deployment of security personnel for the elections throughout the 3009 polling units, 203 wards and 18 LGA of the State. Speaking through the Force spokesman, DCP Don Awunah, the police chief described as deeply worrisome the rate at which officers and men lose their lives in the course of discharging their statutory duties. Awunah, in a statement yesterday said, “These line of duty resultant deaths, occasioned by unwarranted attacks by religious bigot, bandits, hoodlums and militants must be reversed and the trend halted. He said the recent cases in
Dankamoji village in Maradu LGA of Zamfara state, Abagana in Anambra state and in Okrika waterways in Rivers state where personnel were killed, arms carted away, structures and equipment destroyed are cases in point. “IGP regrets the loss of these personnel in the course of their national duty and condoles with their families while assuring them of the Force’s support to cushion the effect of this irreparable loss. Their departure will certainly not be in vain. “The IGP urges the officers not to relent or be distracted in our collective will to serve this country, the costly challenges notwithstanding. The law abiding citizens are equally advised to continue to render the Police the desired support and assistance. DCP Awunah, in a separate statement said to ensure adequate security and safety of life and property before, during and after the Ondo gubernatorial elections, the IGP approved the deployment of additional 26,000 conventional Police personnel (5 Policemen per polling unit), 2,000 Mobile Police Force, PMF, 10 cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, the Special Protection Unit, the Anti Bomb Squad, EOD, the Marine Police, Conventional Policemen, the Armament Units, personnel from FCIID and FIIB and the Sniffer dogs section and Mounted Troops. The Force PRO said 20 Police Gunboats, 3 Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, 12 additional Armoured Personnel carriers and 300 Police patrol vehicles are being deployed throughout the State including the riverine areas and difficult terrains.
Other security and safety agencies who are members of Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, ICCES in the State are also deployed to complement the Police during the elections. “As part of additional measures aimed at guaranteeing a peaceful and credible election, the IGP on November 22, attended a peace accord meeting of all the political parties, their flag bearers, INEC officials, election observers and other stakeholders before the date of the election in Akure, Ondo State. “However, Police personnel deployed for the elections are under strict Instructions to be polite and civil but firm in the discharge of their duties and other responsibilities. “They are to provide adequate security for the electorates, INEC Staff, election materials, election observers and other individuals and bodies that have statutory roles in the conduct of the elections, at the Polling booths, Collation Centres and INEC Offices throughout the period of the election. “All 28 participating Political parties and their leaderships, 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 to cause disturbance of the peace or disruption of the elections / electoral process anywhere in the state. “The full weight of the law will be applied on any person or group of persons found violating the electoral act or indulging in any criminal conduct capable of causing violence during the election.

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