By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris has reshuffled the command architecture of the force ahead of the forthcoming governorship election scheduled for Saturday in the state.
Idris has ordered the deployed a Deputy Inspector General of Police, (DIG), an Assistant Inspector General of Police and three commissioners of Police to Edo State to enforce law and order before, during and after the poll.
According to the Force Headquarters, the affected personnel are expected to coordinate the security operations, supervise the deployment of security personnel and facilitate the electoral process throughout the State.
The IGP also noted that Police Aerial Surveillance helicopters, gun boats, 10 additional Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) and 550 patrol vehicles would be deployed to cover all the polling units, rack centres, collating centres, riverine areas and difficult terrains.
The deployment according to the IG is to ensure that the election is conducted in accordance to electoral law and in an atmosphere of peace and security.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Spokesman of the Force, DCP Don Awunah.
The statement also noted that Idris would convene a peace meeting of all the political parties, candidates, INEC officials, election observers and other stakeholders before the election.
On the operational code for the men and personnel, Awunah wrote that “The spirit and letters of the law will be fully applied on any person or group of persons found violating the Electoral Act.”