The Ondo State Police Command will be deploying a total of 2000 police personnel for the operation of ensuring total security in Akure, the Ondo State capital and its environs on Tuesday.
The reason for such deployment is that Nigeria’s president, who is also the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, and his campaign team will arrive in the state for a mega rally.
The police spokesperson, Femi Joseph, told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday in a telephone conversation that adequate arrangements had been made to provide the needed security to make sure that party adherents, the president and others attending the rally were protected.
He said the police was also working on avoiding ugly occurrences, such as the one that was recorded in Oyo State, where two persons were left dead after an APC rally.
“We are fully prepared, body and soul; physically and logistically,” the police spokesperson, said.
“We have prepared an operational order, and 2000 police officers will be deployed and supervised by the Commissioner of Police and other Area Commanders.
“We are starting our operations from the Akure Airport to the Moshood Abiola Democracy Park and other areas where the President will be visiting.”
Mr Joseph further disclosed that other security agencies such as the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Security, and Civil Defence Corps and related agencies would be complementing the efforts of the police.
According to him, efforts were being made to ensure that no harm comes to the President during the visit, adding that although there could be some over-zealous persons who might be making efforts to reach the president, the task of the police would be that such moves would not be allowed to degenerate into violence.
“We are, no doubt, expecting a huge crowd, given that Ondo State is an APC state, but we are prepared to handle any situation that may arise,” Mr Joseph added.
The president had earlier visited Akwa Ibom and Delta States and had commenced the tour of South West states with a visit to Osun State last week.