The Nigeria Police Force says 26,000 personnel will be deployed for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo.
The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr Ibrahim Idris, who said this on Tuesday in Akure during a meeting he held with INEC officials and representatives of the political parties in the state, added that three helicopters, 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and 20 gunboats will also be deployed.
“Twenty-six thousand police officers will be deployed in the state, and five officers will be at each polling unit during the election.
“Also, 20 gunboats will be deployed in the water ways to ensure maximum security along the riverine areaa while three helicopters will be patrolling at each of the three senatorial districts of the state,” he said.
Idris added that three commissioners of police would be in the state for special operations during the election as he warned the security personnel to restrict themselves to their designated posts.
He also warned the electorate to shun violence before, during and after the election, and urged the public to cooperate with security agencies in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the election.
“We cannot do it alone because security is the responsibility of all,” he said.
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