The Nigeria Police Force has said that over 300,000 personnel nationwide is to provide security for the presidential election holding on Saturday February 16.
The Force hinted that nearly every policemen in the country would be actively involved in election duties.
Earlier the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, deployed six Deputy Inspectors-General of Police to supervise elections in the six geo-political regions in the country.
DIG Usman Abubakar, North-East; Godwin Nwobodo, North-Central; Anthony Michael, South-East; Taiwo Lakanu, South-South; Aminchi Baraya, North-West and Yakubu Jubril, South-West are the DIGS.
In a statement made available to newsmen at the weekend, Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, stated that the DIGs were expected to move to their respective operational zones on Monday.
The PRO added that the IG would coordinate the Force Strategic Election Security Operational Plan from the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Mba however declined to provide the specific number of policemen that would be deployed for the polls, “Almost every policeman in the country would be on election duty; that is why we are withdrawing policemen from VIPs.
“Even police personnel in the offices, in control room, including those on decoy operation or intelligence, everyone would be on duty. Our Medical personnel would also be on standby; we are maximally deploying all our resources and personnel for this election.”
He also refused to mention any flashpoints that the police would monitor closely, “For security reasons, we would not want to label states. We think that would not be productive. The only thing I can say is that the DIGs have been deployed by the IG.
They are moving out to supervise the arrangements in each of the geo-political zones. Most of them should be at their geo-political zones by Monday,” he said.