Ekiti polls: 11,600, police, security operatives expected – CP

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DAPO AKINREFON
The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Felix Uyanna, has assured that the Police will not condone any compromise during the June 21 governorship election just as he vowed that the election will be violence-free.

Speaking with Vanguard, over the weekend, Mr Uyanna disclosed that the Police Command under his leadership is working with other security agencies to ensure a hitch-free election.

Uyanna said: “We are working with other security agencies. Within the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee, we have the security sector forum. The Inter-Agency Consultative Committee comprises of the police and INEC with their head as executive chairmen.

Mobile policemen on duty  Photo: Bunmi Azeez

Mobile policemen on duty Photo: Bunmi Azeez

You also have the army, SSS, the civil defence, immigration, road safety, the National Orientation Agency, the National Youth Service Corps who are part of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee. The security sector forum, which I also chair, excludes INEC, the NOA and the NYSC. In this forum, we discuss issues to ensure that we work in tandem to provide a level playing ground for all the political parties.”

On plans to avoid compromises by his men, on Election Day, he said: “We have been training them, both at the command level and the Area Commander and DPO levels. We do lecture our men on Tuesdays and each of the electoral officers had been invited to lecture the DPOs and his men.

Uyanna continued: “At the Command headquarters, the Resident Electoral Commissioner came and lectured me and my men. An organization like the CLEAN foundation has been a partner with the police in the past. They will be coming to lecture us on issues relating to elections, election offences, conduct expected of police on election duty worldwide.

“For the election, we expect that there will be more policemen from outside this state than the number I have on my strength, they will be coming to assist us. There will be a blend between the policemen coming from outside the state. I expect 6000 in addition to the 4000 that I have here and we are also expecting 1600 from other security agencies. All these will blend and work together. When they come, they will be posted to their duty posts. Some of them will be coming 24 hours to the elections and under that circumstances, I do not think they will compromise.

I expect also that during that time, we will have sniffer dogs; I expect to have one police helicopter for aerial surveillance. I am also expecting that we will have police horses to help us have crowd control. We are set for the elections.”

He, however, said that “we cannot guarantee 100 per cent but I believe that a huge success will be scored because if you score more than 80 per cent in any examination, you have done well. For us, we are set; we are going to deploy Armoured Personnel Carriers and water canons, to give everybody a level playing ground. If there is any issue relating to violence, we will counter it both from the air and on ground.”

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