The Nigeria Police Force has warned would-be “miscreants and other political thugs who might be holding clandestine, nocturnal meetings to forment trouble with the motive to distrupt the Edo governorship election to desist from it.”
Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, Adeleye Oyegbade, flanked by 8 Commissioners of Police and heads of other sister security agencies in the state gave the warning in Benin on Wednesday during a press briefing in preparation for the governship election slated for this Saturday.
He said the Force has carried out security threat analysis, stressing that all identified vulnerable points, entry and exit points have been mapped out for special security coverage.
The DIG said, ” Adequate police officers comprising conventional, plain-clothed policemen and special forces have been deployed to provide robust security, during and after the election.
“We have carried out security threat analysis hence, all identified vulnerable points, entry and exit points have been mapped out for special security coverage, while the military is expected to perform the required complementary role of outer cordoning.”
Oyegbade who appealed to party supporters and the general public to abstain from launching vitriolic attacks, caustic or hate speeches capable of of flaming embers of discord, thereby heating up the polity, implored the media and National Orientation Agency to help sensitize the electorate.
The DIG disclosed that the Police is working in tandem with INEC and other stakeholders to ensure success of the governship election, just as he added that to achieve this, no fewer than three police officers and personnel of other security agencies will be deployed in each polling booth.
“For effective manning of polling booths, no fewer than three police officers and personnel of other security agencies will be deployed in each of the 2,627 polling booths,” he said.
Oyegbade who further disclosed that the Police Force has resolved in protecting the democratic process by providing enabling, and level playing ground for all players, noted that equal protection will be provided all the electorate, party agents, candidates irrespective of the party.
” We assure you that we will provide adequate security for INEC staff and electoral materials, both sensitive and non-sensitive. We will also provide equal protection for the electorate, party agents, candidates irrespective of their political party, the press, local and international observers and other stakeholders involved in the election,” the DIG disclosed.