The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has deployed 30,000 police personnel for Ekiti State July 14 gubernatorial election.
This was confirmed in a statement by Police spokesman, acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, stating that Commissioners of Police in contiguous States to Ekiti State are to deploy their men to ensure security and prevent influx of criminals, thugs and miscreants during the polls.
“The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations has been deployed to the State and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police, Four Commissioners of Police, Eight Deputy Commissioners of Police and Eighteen Assistant Commissioners of Police, each Senatorial district will be manned by a Commissioner of Police,” he said.
According to him, two Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, Five additional Armoured Personnel Carriers, Ten Armoured Personnel Vehicles and Two Hundred and Fifty (250) Police patrol vehicles are deployed throughout the State including difficult terrains.
“Special security identification tags will be worn by all security personnel deployed for the election. No personnel of any security agency will be allowed to move to any other location other than where they were deployed throughout the election period.
“Security personnel are hereby warned to desist from escorting their principals and politicians to polling units and collation centres during the election. Any deviant security detail will be apprehended and dealt with accordingly.”
He added that, “Restriction of vehicular movement in and out of Ekiti State will commence from 12-midnight of Friday, 13th July, 2018 till the end of the election. Travellers and other road users are advised to make use of alternative routes. However, those on essential duties on genuine course will be granted passage.”