The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the adequate deployment of supporting personnel and additional logistics for effective election security management, ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections.
The elections will be taking place in 2,660 polling units and 185 local government areas across 24 states of the federation.
According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police boss has “ordered the adequate deployment of supporting personnel and additional logistics for effective election security management during the forthcoming supplementary elections scheduled for Saturday 15th April, 2023”.
He also added that “The additional support includes the deployment of personnel, operational vehicles, non-lethal weapons, personal protective equipment (body armor), anti-riot equipment.
He also noted that the IGP has directed all supervising senior police officers in charge of jurisdictions where the supplementary elections will be held, particularly the supplementary governorship elections in Adamawa and Kebbi States, to ensure the emplacement of adequate manpower and other resources for effective policing of the electoral process.
The IGP urged the electorate in the affected states to come out en masse to exercise their franchise and be law-abiding while maintaining peace and orderliness assured that the police is poised to ensure the emplacement of a proper security arrangement for the supplementary polls to ensure that the elections are conducted in a peaceful and secure environment.”