Usman Baba, Inspector General of Police, has deployed 31 senior officers for the June 18 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State.
According to a statement released on Sunday by Olumuyiwa Adejobi, spokesperson for the force, the IGP also ordered the mobilization of the technical capabilities of the air police, marine force, mounted troops, K-9 section and other operational means of the State.
In addition, five armored personnel carriers for patrol, as well as four helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for aerial surveillance.
According to him, the staff and means will ensure effective supervision of operations during the election.
Baba also ordered Johnson Kokumo, Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force’s Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), to be deployed as the state coordinator of the security component of the election.
“DIG Kokumo is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the operation order resulting from the election security threat assessment, ensuring a peaceful and conducive environment free from violence, and ensuring that law-abiding citizens freely discharge their civic responsibilities without aggression or intimidation,” reads the statement.
“The DIG Kokumo will be assisted by four (4) Deputy Inspectors General of Police (AIG), three (3) Commissioners of Police (CP), five (5) Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) and eighteen (18) Commissioners assistants. police (ACP).
“Senior officers are to coordinate human and other operational deployments to the three (3) senatorial districts, sixteen (16) local government areas and all 2445 polling stations in Ekiti State.
“The IGP noted that the force has made these necessary operational deployments as part of actions aimed at creating an enabling and enabling environment that will ensure the peaceful and proper conduct of elections in Ekiti State.
“The IGP further noted that the personnel, consisting of conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordnance Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), INTERPOL, Special Protection (SPU), Force Public Relations (FPRD), as well as police medical teams, will be on the ground to guarantee free, fair, credible and acceptable elections.
“The IGP reassures the nation and the international community that the Force is properly prepared for the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, which is due to be held on June 18, 2022.
“He reiterates that the force will do everything in its power to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders to protect democratic values, provide a level playing field for all political actors , to ensure adequate protection of voters, INEC officials, equipment, accredited observers, domestic and international, and other key actors in Ekiti State.”
Baba further called on the residents of Ekiti to comply with the movement restriction order, which will be announced by the police commissioner.
He encouraged residents to participate in the exercise as adequate security was put in place by the police and other security agencies to protect them before, during and after the election.