By Omoiza OZIVANOGU, Senior Investigator Correspondent, Benin City/
WITH just one week to the much awaited, much hyped-up gubernatorial election in Edo State, the Inspector-General of Police IGP MA Adamu has deployed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Research and planning, DIG Oyebade Leye, an Assistant-Inspector-General of Police AIG and 8 Commissioners of Police to coordinate security during the all important elections. The recent deployment sources said, followed reports that some faceless individuals were planning to disrupt level playing field for the candidates and entire electorates. A statement signed by the Force public relations officer DCP Frank Mba and made available to CrimeWorld said the Police IG in addition to the deployment had banned Police aides attached to politicians and other Very Important Personalities VIPs from escorting their principals to the polling booths on election day. The statement reads: “ In line with efforts at ensuring apt coordination of security arrangements towards a hitch-free election in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State slated to hold on September 19th, 2020, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu has deployed DIG Adeleye Olusola Oyabade, mni, Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Research and Planning to supervise the general security arrangement for the election in the State. He will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of police, AIG Karma Hosea Hassan, Assistant Inspector General in charge of Federal Operations at the Force Headquarters Abuja and eight (8) Commissioners of Police. The DIG, with the assistance of the AIG, will superintend over the entire security architecture and ensure effective monitoring of the election and due enforcement of all electoral laws in the State. 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.
Continuing, Mba added, “Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police has barred security aides attached to VIPs and Political appointees from accompanying their principals on the 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.”
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