The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Monday, revealed that 31,000 personnel have been deployed for the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.
IGP Adamu who disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benin maintained that the officers were capable of maintaining law and order despite the heightened tension and violence that had characterized political campaigns ahead of the election.
According to him, the police remain impartial, firm, and committed to the conduct of a free, fair, and credible election in the state.
He said the stakeholders’ meeting was a platform for interaction with political actors in the governorship election with a view to charting a course for a peaceful poll. The IGP further explained that for the first time, inter-agencies in the state had developed a code of conduct for security personnel that would be deployed for election duties.
He added that the personnel deployed would ensure adequate security and protection across the three Senatorial District as well as the 192 wards and the more than 2,000 polling units in the state.
According to IGP Adamu, violators of electoral laws and rules during the election would be decisively dealt with irrespective of political affiliation. He advised parents and guardians to prevent their children and wards from being used as tools for election violence.
While stressing that the police and other security personnel deployed for the election have been trained to be civil in carrying out their responsibility, the IGP called for cooperation from members of the public to achieve a peaceful election.