The effort of the Nigeria Police Force under the present IGP to ensure adequate security of lives and properties for the Edo State governorship election coming up next Saturday, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning, Adeleye Olusola Oyabade, to oversee the general security arrangement for the election.
A statement issued by Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the DIG, Oyebade will be assisted by the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters Abuja, Karma Hosea Hassan and eight other Commissioners of Police.
The Force PRO explained that the DIG Oyebade, his assistant, AIG Hassan, will oversee the entire security arrangements and ensure effective monitoring of the election process while enforcement and compliance to all electoral laws in the state are followed strictly.
The statement said “other senior police officers similarly involved (in election monitoring and evaluation) include: CP Garba Baba Umar, CP Habu Sani and CP Buba Sanusi.
“CP Akeera M. Yonous will coordinate the operations of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and other special strike forces.
“The other four (4) CPs will supervise security arrangement in the three senatorial districts of the State. They are CP Omololu S. Bishi and CP Abutu Yaro, Edo North senatorial district; CP Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, Edo Central Senatorial District and CP Olokade T. Olawale, Edo South Senatorial District.
“Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police has barred security aides attached to VIPs and political appointees from accompanying their principals on Election Day. The IGP warns that anyone who flouts this order will be severely reprimanded.
“The IGP also charges officers and men on election duties in the state to ensure they work in line with standard best practices and adhere strictly with the approved Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for the elections.
“He calls on members of the public, particularly politicians, gubernatorial candidates and other relevant stakeholders in the state to cooperate with the police and other security agencies in the patriotic task of guaranteeing a hitch-free gubernatorial poll” the statement concludes.