MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Authorities of the Police Service Commission (PSC) have described as satisfactory the performance of police personnel at the Ekiti State governorship election at the weekend.
In a statement on Sunday, the Head, Press and Public Relations; Ikechukwu Ani said “the Ekiti State Governorship Election held yesterday, June 18th 2022 was largely peaceful and orderly. The Nigeria Police Force, the lead Agency, in collaboration with sister Agencies, such as the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, DSS, Federal Road Safety Commission, were professional and their conduct satisfactory.”
“The Commission monitored the conduct of the Police in the 16 Local Government Areas of the State where the Commission’s Monitors confirmed that the Police teams arrived the Polling Units on time and were civil and courteous in their conduct.”
He stated that “Deputy Inspector General of Police, Johnson Kokumo led the Security team for the election and ensured that deployments were timely and well organized.”
The Police personnel were also said to have promptly intervened in some reported cases of vote buying and crowd misbehaviour and showed adequate presence in most of the polling Units.
There was an average of two to five Police Officers in most of the polling Units visited by the Commission’s Monitors.
Ani pointed out that the Commission considered the conduct of the Police in the Ekiti Governorship election as a huge improvement and a good test-run for the 2023 General elections.
There was massive deployment of Police Officers from different Commands and formations of the Force and this gave the voters a sense of security.