The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has called on all the participating political parties in the upcoming governorship election in Ondo state to embrace the virtues of democracy by seeing elections as a call to service of the people and not ‘a do-or-die’ affair.
Adamu made the call on Monday in Akure at a stakeholders meeting as part of preparation towards the smooth conduct of the election.
The IGP, who also assured the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to a free, fair, credible and successful election, however, warned violence mongers to immediately desist from their uncharitable deviant activities or be prepared to face the consequences.
Adamu noted that the Nigeria Police Force has identified some flashpoints for violence in the state and are under watch, therefore advised the public to follow the guidelines for a peaceful election.
According to him, a total of 33,783 police personnel which comprise of 30,933 conventional police personnel and 2,850 Special Police units would be deployed for the election, while the Police deployment will be complemented by an additional 3,500 manpower that will be drawn from other Security Agencies.
“These personnel shall be deployed to adequately secure the 3,009 Polling Units (PUs) in 203 Wards spread over the 18 Local Government Areas of the state.
“They are to protect the personnel and assets of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the electorates, and residents of Ondo State in general before, during and after the elections.”