The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the deployment of 25,000 officers to ensure peace and security during Wednesday’s governorship election in Edo State.
In a statement by Don Awunah, Force Public Relations Officer, the police boss said the security plan would guarantee free, fair and credible election, secure electoral process, and enable eligible voters exercise their franchise freely and voluntary.
The police said the police officers would be joined by tactical teams which include Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Special Protection Unit, Force Animal Branch, Police Air wing [Aerial patrol), and Marine Police Unit [Riverine Patrol).
“This is in addition to the deployment of other sister agencies to ensure a robust security template for the election,” the statement said.
“Also, Police Helicopters, gun boats, Armoured Personnel Carriers, Police Dogs and technical platforms will be deployed.”
The police security would also secure election material and officials, ensure adequate security before, during and after the election, according to Mr. Idris.
“In the same vein, protection of life and property in the entire State will be of paramount importance,” the statement added.
“However, the Police will be firm and decisive in dealing with any infractions of the law, actions and activities that constitute breach of peace and contrary to public order.”
The police also announced a restriction of vehicular movement in the state from midnight Tuesday to 6pm Wednesday, except those involved in essential duties who must be properly identified.
“The IGP wishes to entreat all Police Officers and Officers of all sister security agencies deployed for the election to conduct themselves in the best professional manner, maintaining apolitical disposition and strictly adhering to the rules of engagement,” the statement added.