IBRAHIM K Idris, inspector general of Police, has expressed the determination to ensure that the rescheduled Edo gubernatorial election is conducted in an atmosphere of peace and security. To this end, Idris has thus, ordered the activation of the revised operation plan for the governorship election slated to hold throughout the State on Wednesday, September 28.
While assuring that there would be free, fair and credible election, in the state, the IGP equally assured that protection life and property would be paramount in Police operations.
However, he said the Police would be firm and decisive in dealing with any infractions of the law, actions and activities that might constitute breach of peace and contrary to public order.
“For avoidance of doubt, the Police will mobilise and deploy adequate resources and personnel to prosecute the Edo Governorship election conclusively.
“To this end, in order to achieve the expected outcome of credible election acceptable to all stakeholders, the police will deploy, Twenty Five Thousand (25,000.00) conventional Police Officers; Tactical Teams which include, Police Mobile Force [PMF]; 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. Also, Police Helicopters, gun boats, Armoured Personnel Carriers, Police Dogs and technical platforms will be deployed,” a statement signed by Don N. Awunah, a deputy police commissioner and Force Public Relations Officer.
According to Police spokesman, the IGP has also told 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 good people of Edo State are advised to be law abiding and warned to refrain from any action that will jeopardize the existing peace and security in the State. The Nigeria Police Force on its part will discharge its statutory functions effectively, unbiased and in accordance to the principles of democratic policing,” Awunah’s statement said further.
Besides, he said that Idris had directed the commissioner of Police in Edo State to enforce the restriction of vehicular movement from 12 midnight Tuesday, September, 27, 2016 to 6pm on September 28, except those involved in essential duties who must be properly identified.
— Sep 26, 2016 @ 19:00 GMT