Police to deploy over 30,000 personnel for election – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said the security agency would deploy a 31,000 police personnel ahead of the governorship election in Edo state.

Mr Adamu said this on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting held at Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin the Edo state capital, Vanguard newspaper reported.

The meeting was organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC had fixed September 19 for the Edo governorship. The polls are also expected to hold, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Monday, Edo State ranks fifth with over 2,000 cases of COVID-19, according to data from the NCDC.

However, there are also security challenges rocking the state, with reports of reports violence, shooting, and disruption of public peace during the electioneering campaigns in the state.

Some civil right groups have expressed concerns over the spate of violence in the state.

Osagie Ize-Iyamu is running under the APC, while the incumbent governor Godwin Obaseki is running for re-election on the platform of the PDP, after being denied renomination by the APC. This is arising from his fall out with his successor, Adams Oshiomhole, who was then…

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