THE Nigeria Police Force has indicated plans to deploy no fewer than 24,000 officers and men in Ondo State to provide security during the November 26, 2016 governorship election.
Hilda Harrison, commissioner of Police for the state, disclosed this at the signing of peace accord with political parties at the Officers’ Mess Akure, the state capital on Wednesday, October 26.
According to Harrison, the peace accord was to ensure that there would be no violence before, during and after the forthcoming poll.
She warned all members of the political parties, participating in the election against involving in acts of violence, saying the Ondo State command would deal ruthlessly with anybody caught fomenting trouble during the campaign and election.
Harrison said: “There will be no room for breakdown of law and order on the day of the election, I hope that a week to the election, over 24,000 policemen would be sent here to provide security.
“Tearing of posters should stop, we have received many information that some people are tearing the posters of other parties, we won’t allow this any longer. Nobody had the right to tear posters of another party.
“There must not be throwing of stones or other dangerous weapons at anybody during campaigns and rallies. We have to be law-abiding so that we can have peace during the election period.”
The Police commissioner appealed to members of political parties in the state to play the game according to the rule. She also implored members of the public to report any police officer caught involving in the act of electoral malpractices.
— Oct 26, 2016 @ 16:30 GMT