Police to deploy 26000 men, 3 helicopters, 12 APCs for Ondo poll

Police to deploy 26000 men, 3 helicopters, 12 APCs for Ondo poll
November 22 18:37 2016

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has said the Nigeria Police Force was fully ready for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo state.

He announced that  26,000 personnel, three helicopters, 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and 20 gunboats would be deployed for the election scheduled for next Saturday.

Speaking in Akure during a meeting he held with INEC officials and representatives of the political parties in the state, the police boss said: “Twenty-six thousand police officers will be deployed in the state, and five officers will be at each polling unit during the election.

“Also, 20 gunboats will be deployed in the water ways to ensure maximum security along the riverine area while three helicopters will be patrolling at each of the three senatorial districts of the state.”

He added that three commissioners of police would be in the state for special operations during the election, while 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) would be deployed in some strategic areas.

The police who boss warned all security agents to always attach their name tags to their uniforms; threatened that anyone caught disobeying the order would be arrested.

He also said that the security personnel should restrict themselves to their designated posts.

He, however, warned the electorate to shun violence before, during and after the election, and urged the public to cooperate with security agencies in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the election.