The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, on Thursday, said police have put in place security to ensure a free and fair governorship election in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States on the 11th of November, 2023.
Egbetokun revealed this during a meeting with strategic police managers and a media briefing to highlight policies, breakthroughs, and achievements of the Nigeria Police Force in the last five weeks in Abuja.
According to the acting IGP, the meeting was held to give room for participants to enumerate some of the operational plans toward policing the off-season governorship election to be held concurrently in the three states.
He said, “We are going to leverage the fact that the elections are limited to just three states to deploy adequately for this election.
“Just as you have seen in other isolated elections in Nigeria, you will see that we have availability of men more in number than what we used to have in general elections.
“So, I have no fear and nobody should entertain any fair about how safe and secure the elections are going to be in November.
“Just three states, it will be very convenient for us, so nobody should entertain any fear about the election, we are prepared for it and very soon we will start the deployment.”
Egbetokun said that the police deliberately decided to take its annual retreat to one of the states, where the election would hold.
He added, “The conference would be two weeks before the election, so it is deliberate and not by accident that we chose that state and that date.
“It is to show to the public that we are ready for the election, so there is no fear about the election.”
He said that the internal security situation of the country, over the last one month had been relatively calm in spite of the threats of political and socio-economic instability that greeted the removal of fuel subsidy and post-election tribunal judgements across the country.
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