Nigerian Police deploys over 9000 for Saturday's election in Edo

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The Nigerian Police has deployed over 9000 officers for Saturday's Edo State presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Zone 5 Assistant Inspector General of Police on election matters, AIG Ede Ayuba, disclosed this today in Benin City during a special security meeting with security commanders drawn from various security organizations in Edo State.

AIG Ede Ayuba said, "I want to warn officers and men in Zone 5 to stick to security business and avoid being used by politicians to mar the election process. I, therefore, wish to avoid you all against giving assistance to politicians and even voters in the polling stations which is not in tandem with your line of duties".

AIG Ede Ayuba and commissioner of police Benjamin Okolo are both new in Edo state and are responsible for providing internal security during the forthcoming general elections.

He stated that the meeting is to brief heads of security agencies in Edo state on how to effectively secure the state before, during and after the elections.

Some heads of security agencies at the meeting expressed their commitment and readiness to ensure a peaceful election.

With over 7,000 police officers, 350 officers each from the Nigeria immigration service and the DSS, as well as 1,100 officers from the NSCDC.

The commissioner of police on election duty, Benjamin Okolo, is satisfied but harps on the discipline of the officers, which he said remains crucial to the election's success.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ede Ayuba, later had a special security briefing with officers and men of the Edo state police command who were advised to observe the rules of election security.

There was, however, a closed-door security session with top police officers in Edo state.

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