Ahead of the Ondo State governorship election slated for this Saturday, Ibrahim Idris, the inspector of police, has approved the deployment of 26,000 officers and 20 gunboats for the election.
Idris made this known during a meeting with Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) officials, representatives of political parties and other stakeholders in Ondo. According to him, three helicopters, 12 armoured personnel carrier(APCs) and 20 gunboats are ready for use by the personnel of the force.
He said, “It won’t be business as usual for politicians in Ondo State because the police will not tolerate any act that could lead to violence in the state. We shall resist all their plans to truncate the peace of the state before, during and after the poll.
“The police will not tolerate crisis in any part of the state. It is therefore important for the stakeholders in the election to cooperate with the police and play the game by the rules.”
The IGP also advised political thugs in the state to stay clear of the election or risk facing the wrath of the law. He however assured the people that the police would do everything possible to ensure safety of lives and properties.