Edo 2020, Soldiers And Police Patrol Benin City In A Show Of Force.

On Thursday, security agencies patrolled the nook and cranny of Edo state in a show of force displaying arrays of weapon and personnel deployed for the governorship election. The Deputy inspector General (DIG) in charge of security for the poll led the security convoy that combed various parts of Edo south, stopping at intervals to assure the people of their safety. Already, some of the 31,000 cops deployed for the election by the Inspector General of Police(IG) Mohammed Adamu has been deployed to the hinterland and riverine communities to prevent thugs from wreaking havoc. Our correspondent gathered that Commissioners of Politics (CP) was deployed to each of the identified stronghold to coordinate security activities and report to the DID while bulk of the security forces would be at oredo, Egor and Ikpoba-okha Local Government Areas (LGAs) which has highest number of voters. Addressing the joint security patrols, DIG Oyebade said he was happy they received timely information and acted on same to prevent unpleasant situations. Although he did not give further details about it, the DIG warned politicians having clandestine meetings to disrupt the electoral processes to desist or face the wrath of the law. He said: “We have some information and were able to get it early. So, we will continue the show of force across all the senatorial districts. “I am using this opportunity to sound note of warning to those of them holding clandestine meetings; all those that think they can do and undo to make this election a fallacy will not be allowed. “The reason behind this operation is that we must work together as a team because we are members of the same family. When you see yourself in the NSCDC, the Navy, Army, Air force or Police; we have a common goal. “That common goal is to ensure a free, fair and credible election and to protect lives and properties of the electorates. “The second reason is to send signal to the bad boys.[…]

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