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Only 8 Commissioners Will Supervise Osun Election—Police

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Authorities of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have said only eight Commissioners of Police will be deployed to the September 2018 governorship election in Osun State, contrary to reports that 30 CPs have been earmarked for the exercise.

Spokesman of the NPF, Acting DCP Jimoh Moshood, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, disclosed that the eight CPs would ensure the safety of lives and properties in the state during the September 22 poll.

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“The Force wishes to categorically state that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim K. 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 August 30, 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,” Mr Moshood said.

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He said, “Consequently, critical stakeholders and the general public are enjoined to discountenance and disregard the report.

“Only eight (8) 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.”

Mr Moshood said the Nigeria Police Force will continue to hold the media in high esteem as a veritable partner in ensuring adequate security for all elections in the country.”

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Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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