The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered the distribution of 220 operational vehicles for security management ahead of the gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states.
The spokesperson of the police, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced this in a post on X, on Sunday.
Adejobi revealed that the vehicles include water cannons, armoured personnel carriers, helmets, bulletproof vests, and tear gas canisters.
He further urged stakeholders in the three states to maintain peace during the election.
The statement reads “In a bid to have smooth electioneering processes in the forthcoming off-cycle Gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States scheduled for 11th November 2023, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has ordered the distribution of additional 220 operational vehicles, including water canons, Armored Personnel Carriers, helmets, bulletproof vests, tear gas canisters etc, to the 3 affected states to intensify security arrangements for the elections.
“Earlier, the IGP had organised training for the police officers who are involved in the election security management for the forthcoming elections and sought the approval of the Federal Government for the payment of their allowances and other necessary support to boost the morale of the officers during the operations.
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“The IGP, therefore, urges all stakeholders in the three states to embrace peace, uphold the sanctity of the rule of law and be law-abiding in their endeavours before, during and after the elections as the Police and other security agencies have been placed on alert to avert any unruly acts capable of disrupting the elections in any of the states.”