Lokoja - The Inspector-General of Police,
Mr Solomon Arase, said police were aware of plans by some politicians in Kogi
to clothe thugs in police uniform during the governorship election in Kogi on
Arase, who made the disclosure on Tuesday in Lokoja, at a stakeholders’ forum,
said that the intention of the perpetrators was to disrupt the election and
He described the action of those behind the act as “wrong and wasteful
According to him, measures have been taken to properly identify 12, 000
policemen that will be on duty during the election.
“We intend to dominate security space that day; if you want to test our
strength, have a rethink,’’ he said.
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Arase said that 6,000 out of the 12, 000 policemen who would be on election
duty would be drawn from police formations close to Kogi.
He said that one unit of mobile policemen would be deployed to each of the 21
local government areas in the state ‘’for effective policing’’.
He said that the men and officers will be backed up by armour personnel
carriers, vehicles and other security apparatuses, adding that restriction of
movement would be strictly enforced.
The police boss also said that police would be supported by the military, Civil
Defence Corps, Immigration, Customs and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)
to provide effective security during the poll.
He urged people in the state to feel free to come out and vote for candidate of
their choice, saying a level playing-ground would be provided for all
On the safety of electoral officials, Arase said that nobody would be allowed
to threaten or intimidate them.
He said that Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 8, Mr Lawal
Tanko, and three commissioners of police would be deployed to coordinate police
activities before, during and after the election.