Lagos Police assume ‘big brother’ status, deploy 1000 Police officers for Edo guber election

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By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos/

THE Police in Lagos under Commissioner of Police CP Hakeem Odumosu have assumed the cloak of ‘big brother’ by deploying 1000 officers and men of its Command to Edo State to monitor the forthcoming Saturday September 19, 2020 governorship election.  This is about the first time such deployment would be effected aside general elections. The recent deployment is coming on the heels of an earlier deployment of a DIG, AIG, and 8 senior Commissioners of Police also for the same election by the Inspector General of Police IGP MA Adamu. A statement signed by the Command’s public reltiosn officer SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi and made available to CrimeWorld said the deployment was to augment an earlier one by the number one Police officer in the country adding that CP Odumosu had warned the deployed personnel to see their deployment as a national assignment and therefore, should live above board. The full text of the statement: “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hekeem Odumosu, has deployed 1000 officers and men for Edo Gubernatorial Election scheduled to hold on Saturday 19th September, 2020, to augment the men deployed by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Muhammed Abubakar Adamu, for the national assignment. The Commissioner of Police warned the officers and men from Lagos State Command to be of good conduct and exhibit professionalism in discharging their duties before, during and the election. CP Hakeem Odumosu made the admonition today while addressing the men at the parade ground of the Police College,  Ikeja. He further reiterated the commitment of the Inspector-General of Police to sustain the core values of democracy in Nigeria via fair, free and credible elections. The Police boss also dropped the hint on the welfare packages for police personnel detailed for the Edo special duty as approved by the Inspector-General of Police to encourage and boost their morale. CP Hakeem Odumosu, who had earlier arranged clean, serviceable and executive buses to convey the personnel to Edo State with fully armed escort men, urged them to protect their lives and property and do away with any act that is capable of denting the image of the Force and truncate peaceful conduct of the election in Edo State.”

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