Twenty-one thousand policemen have been deployed for 2022 Osun governorship election billed for Saturday.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba made the disclosure on Tuesday during stakeholders’ meeting by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He stated: “We shall be deploying a total of 21,000 police personnel for the exercise of the Osun election as part of the election security plan.
“All three senatorial districts, 332 wards and polling units have been appropriately mapped out and put for the deployment of adequate personnel who will be on the ground to maintain peace and order before, during and after the election.”
He maintained the police will be deployed to protect the facilities of INEC and its personnel.
Baba noted the deployment is not to intimidate anybody but to ensure peaceful process of election and curb violence tendencies.
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“This deployment is not meant to intimidate any law-abiding citizens rather it is to deter misguided elements that may threaten the conduct of the election and violate the electoral act. It also serves as a strong warning that government is determined to protect the citizens.”