Kogi: Police uncover plan to dress thugs in police uniform

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The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, said police was aware of plans by some politicians in Kogi State to clothe thugs in police uniform during the governorship election in the stateon Saturday.
Arase, who made the disclosureon Tuesday in Lokoja at a stakeholders’ forum, said the intention of the perpetrators was to disrupt the election and cause mayhem.
He described the action of those behind the act as “wrong and wasteful investment”.
According to him, measures have been taken to properly identify the 12,000 policemen that will be on duty during the election.
He said: “We intend to dominate security space that day.
“If you want to test our strength, have a rethink.”
Arase said 6,000 out of the 12,000 policemen who would be on election duty would be drawn from police formations close to Kogi State.
He said one unit of mobile policemen would be deployed to each of the 21 local government areas in the state “for effective policing”.
He said the men and officers will be backed up by armoured personnel carriers, vehicles and other security apparatuses, adding that restriction of movement would be strictly enforced.
The police boss also said police would be supported by the military, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Immigration, Customs and Federal Road Safety Commission to provide effective security during the poll.
Arase urged people in the state to feel free to come out and vote for candidate of their choice, saying a level playing-ground would be provided for all stakeholders.
On the safety of electoral officials, Arase said nobody would be allowed to threaten or intimidate them.
He said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 8, Lawal Tanko, and three Commissioners of Police would be deployed to coordinate police activities before, during and after the election.
NAN.

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