Edo Police declare readiness for governorship election
Posted by News Express | 21 September 2016 | 3,052 times
The Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lafimihan Adeoye, says his command is fully prepared for the challenges ahead of the governorship election in Edo State.
Mr Adeoye made the assertion after an assessment tour of several police formations including the Edo State Police Area Command headquarters in Auchi, Edo North and Irrua, Edo Central.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had postponed the election till September 28, 2016, following advice from security agencies in the state.
The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services (DSS) had advised INEC to postpone the governorship election scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Edo State.
The two security agencies say the advice is based on credible intelligence at its disposal which suggests that insurgents are planning to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets, with high population during the Sallah celebrations which took place between 12th and 13th September.
The agencies say Edo State is amongst the states that were earmarked for the planned attacks.
In a joint statement, the agencies reminded the public that similar threats were issued during the May 1, Labour Day and Democracy Day, May 29, celebrations as well as the Eid-el-Fitr holidays in July, 2016.
The statement further adds, “The security agencies were able to decisively disrupt and thwart the insurgents’ plan. In the same vein, while election is important, the security agencies cannot allow the peace of the country to be disrupted, and we will continue to remain vigilant and ensure consolidation of the successes gained in the current counter-insurgency fight.
“It is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State, in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats,” they said. (Channels TV)