Mohammed Adamu Deploys Additional 35,000 Police Ahead Of Nov.16 Kogi Guber Election

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed
Adamu, has deployed additional 35,000 policemen
to Kogi State to ensure “visibility policing ” of lives
and property before and during the November 16
governorship election holding in the state.

Kayode Ayilara, the Assistant Commissioner of
police in charge of operation in the state announced
this in Lokoja on Wednesday, NAN reports.

The police chief disclosed this while responding to
concern raised about the neutrality of the police in
the coming election at an event organised by a non-
governmental organisation, ‘Search For Common
Ground’.
He said that the deployed policemen will arrive the
state on Nov. 11, saying that they are coming from
Abuja and other states.
Ayilara said that armed policemen will also be
positioned at identified strategic areas in the state
to ensure quick response to any emergency.

He said that four policemen will be deployed to
each of the 2,548 polling units in the state, assuring
citizens of police neutrality in their conduct before
and during the election.

An official of the NGO, Mrs Lola Memedu, had
earlier in a presentation, expressed worry over the
steady rise in tension in the state ahead of the
election.

Memedu said that the group through its Electoral
Empowerment of Civil Society Project (EECSP), had
observed cases of violence and physical attacks
between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and
the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Series of attacks have been recorded during
campaign rallies and party activities.
“Dekina and Ankpa Local Governments have
recorded the highest number of violence attacks
among party members and supporters.
“For example, on the 19th of Oct, 2019 a party
supporter was shot dead in Anyingba during one of
the political party rallies.

“The number of death recorded in Anyingba and
Ankpa communities is quite alarming.
“There has been a rise in the use of political thugs
to perpetrate violence,
as this was recorded in Dekina, Ankpa, Olamaboro,
Omala, and Idah Local Government Areas,”

she said..

According to Memedu, the objective of the report is
to identify potential threats to peaceful election at
the pre-and post-election stages.
This, she said, will facilitate an early response by
stakeholders
like the Police, INEC and the National Orientation
Agency with the intention of intervening to prevent
violence…

The group also urged the media to report issues
relating to the process, conduct and outcome of the
election objectively to douse tension and prevent
violence.

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