Police inspector general Mohammed Adamu said at least 69,282 staff members would be deployed to provide security during the governor’s elections in the states of Bayelsa and Kogi.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He was reacting to the fear expressed by the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security organized by the commission in Abuja that thugs have been mobilized to cause violence during the elections.
However, the IGP said the Nigerian Police Force was prepared to provide adequate security during the electoral process.
Speaking to reporters on Friday in Abuja, the IGP said: “The police as the leading agency for internal security is ready for elections in the states of Bayelsa and Kogi. We are aware of the security challenges in both countries, and we have made the appropriate arrangements in terms of personnel and logistics to face any security challenge we may face.
“In Bayelsa, we are deploying 31,041 people to cover the elections; At Kogi, we are deploying 35,200 staff. This personnel must cover all the lands in both states, and tout will not be allowed to interrupt the elections; all those areas will be taken care of.”
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Adamu said the safety of INEC officials and materials was guaranteed while INEC state offices would be protected.
According to him, neighborhood classification centers and voting units would be adequately protected, as well as the offices of the Central Bank of Nigeria, where the materials would be stored.