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Osun guber poll: Police deny deployment of 30 commissioners


President Muhammadu Buhari (right) raising the hand of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the September 22 election, Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola. With them is Governor Rauf Aregbesola, during Oyetola’s introduction to the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has denied reports that it had deployed 30 commissioners of Police to supervise security arrangements during the September 22 Osun governorship election.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a statement by the force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, yesterday in Abuja, said contrary to media reports, only eight commissioners of Police were deployed for the exercise, insisting: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to publications in some sections of the media that 30 commissioners of Police will be deployed to supervise security arrangements for the Osun Governorship election on September 22.”

Moshood explained that only one Police commissioner each would be attached to the eight area commands in the state to supervise security arrangements during the election, adding that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, had, during an interaction with stakeholders, said the commissioners would be attached to the eight area commands and not the local government areas.

He enjoined critical stakeholders and the general public to discountenance and disregard the reports, saying the Force would 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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