Police Deploy Personnel, Equipment For Ekiti Poll

gov fayemiThe police authorities have deployed personnel and equipment in Ekiti State, ahead of Saturday’sgovernorship election in the state.
The personnel, who on Monday left Abuja in their numbers, were equipped with surveillance helicopters, armoured personnel carriers, patrol vans, sniffer dogs and other enforcement gadgets.
Addressing the team at the Force Headquarters, Abuja shortly before departure, Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar warned the officers and men against conducts that could dent the credibility of the election or tarnish the image of the police.
The IGP said: “We have a very important assignment in Ekiti on Saturday and I expect from all of you a high sense of responsibility, civility, honesty and sincerity in the discharge of your duties.
“You are going to be watched not only by the police authorities but also the people, civil society organisations, local and international election monitors among other interest groups.
“You must respect the citizens’ rights, the rule of law and other rules guiding the conduct of the election. The police code of conduct must be your guide in the discharge of your duties.
“Everyone of you will be given their duties when you get there. I will be joining you in Ekiti so I expect you to be good ambassadors of the police. Therefore I don’t expect you to do anything stupid”.
IGP Abubakar appealed to the political class in Ekiti, the voters, the parties, the contestants and other stakeholders in the state not to conduct themselves in manners that could jeopardise the integrity of the election.
He assured that the police would be there to ensure the sanctity of the electoral process and that officer and men would ensure neutrality and firmness in the discharge of their duties.
The police boss warned that any person or group caught disrupting the electoral process or causing a breach of the peace at designated venues for the poll would be made to answer for their actions.
Abubakar however declined to state the number of officers and men being deployed, stressing that the deployment was meant to reinforce police personnel and equipment already on ground in the state for the purpose of the election.