Idris Ibrahim, AIG PoliceAhead of the September 10 governorship election in Edo state, the acting Inspector General of Police(IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has approved the deployment of an additional 25,000, Police personnel to the state.
The personnel according to the Force, comprises men of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Units (CTU), the Anti bomb Squad (EOD), the Marine Police and the conventional police.
Also deployed to monitor a smooth and crisis-free elections are personnel from the police Armament Units, Force criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) and the Sniffer Dog Section.
The IGP, who made this known yesterday in Abuja, said the deployment is to ensure the safety of life and property before, during and after the elections.
He said that in addition to the 25,000, personnel, police helicopters would also carry out aerial surveillance and Gun Boats patrol, adding that 10 additional Armoured Personnel Carriers and 550 patrol vehicles will be deployed to cover all the polling units, rack centers, collating centres, riverine areas and difficult terrains.
The IGP, in a statement signed by the force public relations officer, Don Awunah, called on the people of EDO, to be law abiding as the police would do everything within its capacity in ensuring that persons violating electoral laws are brought to book.