The Inspector-General” of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed an additional 35,000 police officers in the state of Kogi to ensure “police surveillance” of lives and property before and during the November 16 governing elections in the country.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Kayode Ayilara, the assistant police commissioner in charge of the operation in the state, announced this in Lokoja on Wednesday.
The police chief revealed this while responding to the concern raised about police neutrality in the upcoming elections at an event organized by a non-governmental organization, “Search for common ground.”
He said deployed police officers will arrive in the state on November 11, meaning they come from Abuja and other states. Ayilara said armed police would also be positioned in strategic areas identified in the state to ensure a rapid response to any emergency.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He said four police officers would be deployed in each of the 2,548 voting units in the state, assuring citizens of police neutrality in their conduct before and during the elections.
An NGO official, Ms. Lola Memedu, had previously expressed in a presentation, expressed concern about the steady increase in tension in the state before the elections.
Memedu said that the group, through its Civil Society Electoral Empowerment Project (EECSP), had observed cases of violence and physical attacks between the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Popular Democratic Party (PDP). There have been a series of attacks during campaign demonstrations and party activities.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The local governments of Dekina and Ankpa have registered the greatest number of violent attacks between party members and supporters.
“For example, on October 19, 2019, a party supporter was shot dead in Anyingba during one of the political party demonstrations. The number of deaths recorded in the Anyingba and Ankpa communities is quite alarming.
There has been an increase in the use of political thugs to perpetrate violence,
since this was recorded in Dekina, Ankpa, Olamaboro, Omala and the local government areas of Idah, “he said.
According to Memedu, the objective of the report is to identify possible threats to peaceful elections in the pre and post election stages. This, he said, will facilitate an early response from stakeholders.
such as the Police, INEC and the National Guidance Agency with the intention of intervening to prevent violence.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The group also urged the media to report on issues related to the process, conduct and the outcome of the elections objectively to calm the tension and prevent violence.