With only 72 hours left to go before the Kogi State gubernatorial elections the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon E. Arase assured the public that the police were ready to ensure a smooth and orderly election in the State.
IGP Arase made this assurance in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State. In order to bolster the police presence in the State, he ordered the deployment of Marine Police, Anti-Bomb, Counter Terrorism, Police Mobile Force, Intelligence, and Mounted Troops units.
The Inspector General also deployed the Police Air Wing to provide the police with visual information. IGP Arase called upon all police officers to follow the Police Code of Conduct during the election.
It will be recalled that several media outlets reported on the claims and counterclaims, of both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the election was to be rigged.
On November 18th, the new chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu attempted to address fears of rigging by announcing the deployment of three national commissioners to the State.
IGP Arase concluded his press statement with a call upon the candidates and voters to cooperate with the police and security services during the election.