Monday, June 14, 2021

30,000 unarmed police, paramilitary personnel for Ekiti Gubar poll


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
tiamin rice

Security agencies, including the Nigerian Police Force are to jointly deploy 30,000 officers and men to enhance adequate security during the July 12 governorship election in Ekiti State.

Arrangements are also in top gear to receive the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris on a one-day official visit to the state next week.

Caleb Ikechuckwu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Ado Ekiti that the IGP would meet with all stakeholders, preparatory to the polls.

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Policemen lock out Maiduguri command, protest non-payment of allowances

Mr Ikechukwu listed other security and paramilitary agencies in the pool to include Nigeria Immigration Service, Civil Defence, Directorate of Security Services (DSS), Nigeria Prisons Service and the FRSC.

READ  In Zamfara, police discover 41 bodies in bush
READ  Oba of Benin cautions Fayose against controversy

He explained that contrary to expectations, none of those to be deployed for election purpose would be armed.

According to him, since election matters are generally regarded as civil in nature, all the security agencies had been told to be civil in their approach.

Besides, he disclosed that such officers and men had also been told to be at a radius of 500metres, away from every polling booth.

“I can tell you proudly that the police, as a major security outfit, is more than ready.

“Our readiness is such that even if the election has to come up tomorrow, we will not be caught napping,” he said.

READ  Buhari is incompetent, rewards incompetent security chiefs – Ezekwesili

NAN reports that no fewer than 10,000 of those to be deployed are from the police.

His disclosure was coming just as the Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), said no fewer than 7,500 of its men are to join the security team.

Spokesman of the Corps in the state, Tolu Afolabi told NAN that those to be deployed had already undergone series of trainings to boost their preparedness.

READ  JUST IN: Presidency summons IGP Idris over police ‘protest’ in Maiduguri

Meanwhile, the Inspector General also on Monday deployed the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, Mr. Abayomi Shogunle to the state ahead of the election.

READ  Man in court over alleged raping of 16-year-old daughter

Shogunle told NAN that he had the instructions of I-G to carry out confidence building patrols in different parts of the state by attending swiftly to all complaints emanating from individuals and groups against its men.

“This is one of the several measures the police authorities are taking toward ensuring that we remain neutral in the Ekiti State election,” he said.

He listed emergency numbers to call for complaints including 08057000001 and 0805700002 (For calls only), 0805700003, (Gor SMS only), and 0805700003 (For Whatsapp) only.

Shogunle however, warned complainants against grave consequences of false alarms or allegations that could not be substantiated with facts.


Related News

Latest News

atrk atrk atrk atrk atrk atrk atrk atrk atrk atrk