The Nigerian Police have debunked reports that 30 Commissioners of Police would be deployed to Osun State for the governorship election, saying only eight Commissioners of Police (CPs) would be deployed.
According to the Police, the senior Police officers who are expected to supervise security arrangements in the state would man the eight Area Commands and not each local government as reported.
The election is slated for 22nd September, 2018.
The clarification is contained in a statement in Abuja on Friday by the Force Spokesman, Ag. DCP Jimoh Moshood.
It reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to publications in some sections of the media reporting that 30 Commissioners of Police will be deployed to supervise security arrangements for the Osun State Gubernatorial Elections coming up on 22nd September, 2018.
“The Force wishes to categorically state that the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris during a one day Seminar on imperativeness of Police collaboration with essential stakeholders towards secured, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria, held in Oshogbo, Osun State on 30th August, 2018, mentioned that there are Eight Area Commands in Osun State and a Commissioner of Police will be deployed to man each Area Command to supervise Security Arrangements for the Osun State Gubernatorial Election and not a Commissioner of Police to a Local Government in the State as reported.
“Consequently, critical stakeholders and the general public are enjoined to discountenance and disregard the report.
“Only eight Commissioners of Police; one to each Police Area command will be deployed to Osun State to supervise Security Arrangements in the forthcoming Gubernatorial election in Osun State.”