Elections: I-G Deploys 20,000 Personnel To Oyo State


The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Muhammed Kastina, on Friday said the Police Headquarters had deployed 20,000 personnel to ensure hitch-free presidential election on March 28. Kastina disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan. He said the personnel include members of the police special force, mobile unit, counter terrorism squad and officers from the Exclusive Ordinance Department. “We have the K-9 sections trained to use dogs and horses. The animals will help in crowd control where and when necessary. The team also comprised of medical units, which will take care of health emergencies,” he said.

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The commissioner said the personnel would remain in the state after the exercise until otherwise directed by the headquarters. “They will be withdrawn when we are sure there will be no threat to peace after the exercise.” Kastina said the police would work with other security agencies in the state to ensure hitch free polls. He said the command had directed the newly constituted Ambush Squad to liaise with Criminal Intelligent Bureau for intelligence gathering. He urged the electorate to come out en masse to vote for the candidate of their choice without fear.

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