Edo 2020: PSC Says Deployment of Unarmed Security Personnel Exposed Election to Serious Threat

Voters on queue at one of the polling booths in Emokpae model primary schools, Mission road, Oredo, Benin city

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has said that there was enough presence of Police and other security Agencies  at the Governorship election in Edo state, held Saturday, September 19th 2020.

However, it noted that the continued deployment of unarmed security personnel at voting units exposed the election to serious threats in some locations.

The Commission in a statement by the Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said it covered the three Senatorial Zones and visited 132 polling units in nine local government Areas.

Ani noted that the Commission received 53 calls and 32 text messages to its three dedicated telephone numbers for the election.

“There were an average of three Police men in several polling units while in many of the Units in Edo North, there were an average of seven to 10.

“The Policemen in the polling units visited, were professional, courteous and arrived at their places of assignment in good time. They were however, in some places, overwhelmed by voters who turned out in large numbers”, he said.

He revealed that most of the complaints received from callers were mainly on cases of vote buying, snatching of ballot boxes in the face of the inability of the Police to offer any resistance and skeletal shooting incidences. 

He added that there were also complaints from some of the participating Police Officers who said they were yet to receive allowances for the election.

Meanwhile, Ani disclosed that there were massive security details along major roads and junctions in the state with strict enforcement of  no vehicular movement.

The Commission commended the DIG Olayele Oyabede, who coordinated the security architecture of the election in Edo State for responding and intervening in several complaints referred to him by the Commission’s team.

DIG Oyebade led a strong team made up of two AIGs,  Hosea Karma, and Shola Davis, Edo State Command CP,  Johnson Kokumo with other visiting CPs Manning the Senatorial Zones.

The Commission also participated in the Election Day Situation Room and the CLEEN Foundation Election Security Call Centre.

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