The Nigeria Police Force has said that it had carried out a security threat analysis ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State.
Speaking to journalists in Benin City, the state capital, on Wednesday, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyegbade, said all identified vulnerable points, entry, and exit points in the state have been mapped out for special security coverage.
Oyegbade noted that conventional, plain-clothed policemen and Special Forces have been deployed to provide robust security, during and after the election.
He said: “Adequate police officers comprising conventional, plain-clothed policemen and Special Forces have been deployed to provide robust security, during and after the election.
“We have carried out security threat analysis hence, all identified vulnerable points, entry and exit points have been mapped out for special security coverage, while the military is expected to perform the required complementary role of outer cordoning.
“For effective manning of polling booths, no fewer than three police officers and personnel of other security agencies will be deployed in each of the 2,627 polling booths.”
This is coming after the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Mohammed Adamu, ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in the state.
Adamu noted that the decision is to curb the movement of illicit arms, hard drugs, and political thugs ahead of tomorrow’s governorship election.
A statement by Force PRO, Mr. Frank Mba, said the restriction of vehicular movement would commence from 11:59 p.m on Friday (today), September 18, 2020, to 6.00 p.m on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Adamu asked the people of Edo to see the restriction as part of the necessary sacrifice towards the enthronement of democracy.