The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has approved the deployment of 35,000 policemen for the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State.
Making this known in Lokoja, on Wednesday, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Kogi command) in-charge of Operations, ACP Ayilara Oluwakayode, said all measures have been put in place towards the attainment of a free, fair and credible election in Kogi.
Speaking at the “Stakeholders Conflict Scan Analysis on Electoral Violence in Kogi State” organized by Search for Common Ground, a non-governmental organization, the ACP, noted that the choice of ensuring a violence free election was for all to make.
Allaying the fears of militarization of the governorship election, he said the presence of soldiers at polling units was not envisaged during the exercise.
He however expressed worries over incidents of violence, particularly in the Kogi East Senatorial District.