Po­lice, Civil De­fence de­ploy 40,000 op­er­a­tives for Edo poll Or­der 16-hour ve­hic­u­lar re­stric­tion

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Hamza Idris (Abuja) & Us­man A. Bello (Benin)

The po­lice and civil de­fence corps jointly de­ployed 40,000 op­er­a­tives for the Edo State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion hold­ing to­day.

The In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Ibrahim Idris had also di­rected for the re­stric­tion of ve­hic­u­lar move­ment in Edo State be­tween 12 mid­night and 6:00pm.

In a state­ment signed by the Force Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Don­ald Awu­nah, the I-GP di­rected the Edo State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr Sa­muel Adeg­buyi, to en­force com­pli­ance.

The state­ment said that the re­stric­tion did not cover ve­hi­cles and mo­torists in­volved with essen­tial du­ties, adding, how­ever, that such ve­hi­cles must be prop­erly iden­ti­fied and screened.

“The re­vised elec­tion se­cu­rity oper­a­tion plan will guar­an­tee free, fair and cred­i­ble elec­tion, se­cure elec­toral process, en­able el­i­gi­ble vot­ers ex­er­cise their fran­chise freely and vol­un­taries, pro­tec­tion of elec­tion ma­te­ri­als and of­fi­cials, en­sure ad­e­quate se­cu­rity be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the elec­tion,” the state­ment said.

“To this end, in or­der to achieve the ex­pected out­come of cred­i­ble elec­tion ac­cept­able to all stake­hold­ers, the po­lice will de­ploy 25,000 con­ven­tional po­lice of­fi­cers and tac­ti­cal teams which in­clude the Po­lice Mo­bile Force (PMF), Counter Ter­ror­ism Unit, Ex­plo­sive Or­di­nance Dis­posal Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion Unit, Force An­i­mal Branch, Po­lice Air wing (Aerial pa­tro) Marine Po­lice Unit and River­ine Pa­trol.”

Also the civil de­fence corps said it had de­ployed 15, 250 per­son­nel to en­sure cred­i­ble elec­tion in Edo.

The act­ing deputy com­man­dant­gen­eral (op­er­a­tions) of the civil de­fence, Mr Hil­lary Madu, dis­closed this, yes­ter­day, while ad­dress­ing per­son­nel of the corps in Benin.

He said that the per­son­nel in­cluded 15, 000 armed and un­armed of­fi­cers and 250 oth­ers drawn from spe­cialised units of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, in­clud­ing the Spe­cial Weapon and Tac­tics (SWAT), Ker­nel, counter ter­ror­ism, un­der­cover of­fi­cers among oth­ers.

He said that the NSCDC would be vis­i­ble in all the 2,627 polling units and 192 wards across the state.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

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