As the 18th June Governorship election in Ekiti state is being heralded with violent clashes among supporters of candidates, the Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the mobilization and deployment of adequate police personnel.
Also being deployed are Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), technical capabilities of the Police Airwing, the Force Marine, Mounted Troops, K-9 Section, and other operational assets for the Elections.
A statement on Sunday by the force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed that seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above have also been deployed for effective supervision of security personnel and operations in the Election.
The statement added that “The IGP noted that the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) who is the supervisory DIG for the South-West Geo-Political Zone, DIG Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, psc(+), mni, 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 freely perform their civic responsibilities without molestation or intimidation.
“DIG Kokumo will be assisted by four (4) Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), three (3) Commissioners of Police (CPs), five (5) Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and eighteen (18) Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs).