Kayode Egbetokun, inspector-general of police (IGP), has ordered the distribution of new vehicles for logistics and security management in off-cycle governorship elections in three states.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled November 11 for governorship elections in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo states.
The IGP ordered the distribution of new vehicles for officers’ logistics and security management in the elections.
ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.
“In a bid to have smooth electioneering processes in the forthcoming off-cycle Gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States scheduled for 11th November 2023, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D, NPM, has ordered the distribution of additional 220 operational vehicles, including water canons, Armored Personnel Carriers, helmets, bulletproof vests, tear gas canisters etc, to the 3 affected states to intensify security arrangements for the elections,” the statement reads
“Earlier, the IGP had organised trainings for the police officers who are involved in the election security management for the forthcoming elections and sought the approval of the Federal Government for the payment of their allowances and other necessary support to boost the morale of the officers during the operations.
“The IGP, therefore, urges all stakeholders in the 3 states to embrace peace, uphold the sanctity of the rule of law and be law-abiding in their endeavours before, during and after the elections as the Police and other security agencies have been placed on alert to avert any unruly acts capable of disrupting the elections in any of the states.”