Ondo Poll: Police will provide adequate security – IGP

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THE Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, allayed fears of possible breakdown of law and order in the state before, during and after the poll.

Speaking through Deputy Commissioner of Police DCP at the Force headquarters, Abuja, Sola Okediji at the public presentation of the Security Threat Assessment for the governorship election in the state prepared by the Cleen Foundation, in Akure, he said: "The forthcoming election has potential for violence going by issues surrounding the election. However, the Police would prevent violence during the poll. All security agencies in the country will synergize to ensure peace in the state during and after the election."

According to him, the security agencies have been meeting and strategising on ways to ensure peace in all parts of the state during the election. Idris appealed to all stakeholders in the state to support the Police and other security agencies for peaceful conduct of the election, stressing that the success of the election lies on the co-operation of stakeholders, especially the contestants.

"It won't be business as usual for politicians in Ondo State because the Police will not tolerate any act that could lead to violence in the state.  We shall resist all their plans to truncate the peace of the state before, during and after the poll. The Police will not tolerate crisis in any part of the state. It is therefore important for the stakeholders in the election to co-operate with the Police."

The IGP also advised political thugs already brought into the state to find their ways out of the state, as the Police would do everything to ensure that they are arrested before the election.

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