The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disclosed that no fewer than 31,000 personnel have been deployed for the governorship election in Edo State.
Adamu disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission in Benin ahead of the governorship election holding on September 19.
He noted that the force was not unconscious of heightened tension and violence that had characterized political campaigns ahead of the election.
He stressed that the police remain impartial, firm, and committed to the conduct of a free, fair, and credible election in the state.
He said the stakeholders’ meeting was a platform for interaction with political actors in the governorship election with a view to charting a course for a peaceful poll.
He noted that for the first time, inter-agencies in the state had developed a code of conduct for security personnel that would be deployed for election duties.
He added that the personnel deployed would ensure adequate security and protection across the three Senatorial District as well as the 192 wards and the more than 2,000 polling units in the state.
Adamu stressed that violators of electoral laws and rules during the election would be decisively dealt with irrespective of political affiliation.
He advised parents and guardians to appeal to their children and wards to resist the temptations by politicians to engage them in violence.
He said the police and other security personnel deployed for the election have been trained to be civil in carrying out their responsibility.
He, therefore, called for cooperation from members of the public to achieve a peaceful election.