The Police has assured the people of Ondo State of a better performance than they did in Edo during the governorship election.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) overseeing Police operations during the election in Ondo, Mr Leye Oyebade, gave the assurance in Akure, the state capital, on Friday, October 9, 2020.
DIG Oyebode said the Police have put necessary measures in place to ensure the exercise goes smoothly and ensure the security of the electorate; adding that: “We have all that it takes; the personnel have been trained to be professional, the technical platforms are working and we are ready to the election.”
While speaking with Channels TV at the Command Headquarters in Akure, the DIG added that: “As you have seen us here, the morale of the Officers is very high, and we are here to sacrifice; we are going to do it passionately to ensure that we get the success that we desire and deserve.”
DIG Oyebade gave an update on the security situation in the State, noting that the Police were aware of the pockets of violence recorded recently in some parts of the State.
He stressed that some actions have been taken to avert a reoccurrence, including the deployment of security operatives to identified flash points; revealing that the police have carried out a threat analysis, saying they would not to close their eyes on other areas.
The DIG also stated that covert operatives who are not in uniform would be deployed to strategic locations to monitor the election for prompt arrest of persons that may be involved in vote-buying and other electoral offenses.
Speaking about the introduction of technology to secure Ondo State during the election, DIG Oyebade said, “Take it as I have just said it, we won’t be able to divulge all; but let me just say one or two things; we will track our suspects, we will track would-be offenders, we will track those that we have arrested, and we will equally do a lot of airspace monitoring and that is using our helicopter. We are also going to dominate the water space, we are in collaboration with naval personnel to ensure that no crisis, no problem is coming from the waterways.”