12th June, 2022
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has deployed DIG Johnson Kokumo to Ekiti State to coordinate security operations in the June 18 governorship poll in the state.
The IGP, in a statement issued by CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, said 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.
Baba said he would be assisted by four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), three Commissioners of Police (CPs), five Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and 18 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs).
“The Senior Officers are to coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three (3) Senatorial Districts, sixteen (16) Local Government Areas and the 2445 polling units in Ekiti State,” he added.
Baba also ordered the mobilization and deployment of adequate police personnel, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), technical capabilities of the Police Airwing, the Force Marine, Mounted Troops, K-9 Section, and other operational assets for the Ekiti State Gubernatorial Elections slated for 18th June, 2022.
The IGP noted that the Force had carried out these necessary operational deployments as part of actions aimed at creating a conducive and enabling environment that would guarantee the peaceful and proper conduct of the election in Ekiti State.
The IGP further stated that the personnel, comprising conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), INTERPOL, Special Protection Unit (SPU), Force Public Relations Department (FPRD), as well as Police Medical Teams, would be on ground to guarantee free, fair, credible and acceptable election.
“In addition, five (5) Armored Personnel Carriers for patrol as well as four (4) helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for aerial surveillance amongst other unique operational capabilities,” he said.
The IGP reassured the nation and the international community that the Force was adequately prepared for the Gubernatorial Election in Ekiti State which is scheduled to hold on June 18, 2022.
He reiterated that the Force would do everything within its powers to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders to protect democratic values, provide level playing field for all political actors, ensure adequate protection of voters, INEC officials, equipment, accredited observers, both domestic and international, and other key players in Ekiti State.
Baba, therefore, admonished the people of Ekiti State to be law-abiding and comply with the restriction of movement order which would be announced by the Commissioner of Police as and when due.
He also called on Ekiti people to come out en-masse and exercise their franchise as adequate security has been emplaced by the Police and other security agencies to protect them before, during and after the election.