The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the deployment of policemen and other operational assets to strengthen security during the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said in a statement Sunday that the deployment include police personnel, armoured personnel carriers, technical capabilities of the police airwing, the force marine, mounted troops, K-9 Section, and other operational assets.
According to Adejobi, the deployment also included selected seasoned strategic commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above for effective supervision of security personnel and operations during the election.
He said, “The IGP noted that the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, who is the supervisory DIG for the South-West Geo-Political Zone, Johnson Kokumo, has been deployed to Ekiti State as the coordinator of the security component for the election.
“DIG Kokumo is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the operation order evolved from the election security threat assessment, to ensure a peaceful and conducive environment devoid of violence and to guarantee law abiding citizens of secured freedom to perform their civic responsibilities without molestation or intimidation.
“DIG Kokumo will be assisted by four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, three Commissioners of Police, five Deputy Commissioners of Police and 18 Assistant Commissioners of Police. The Senior Officers are to coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three Senatorial Districts, sixteen Local Government Areas and the 2445 polling units in Ekiti State.”