Olusegun Ariyo

The Police service commission (PSC) said after visiting twelve local governments during Ondo state governorship election, it was satisfied with police presence and its conduct so far.

The commissions made this known in a statement signed by its head of press and Public Relation, ikechukwu Ani.

He said the commission team visited 12 local government areas in the three senatorial districts of the state, covering  77 poling units.

The team received a total of fifty-one telephone calls from its advertised dedicated lines with complaints basically on an attempt to induce voters.

He said there was a reasonable distribution of policemen at various polling units ranging from three to about 12 depending on the size of the unit.

Policemen were complimented in virtually all the polling units by men of the department of state security, Nigeria civil defence corps (NSCDC) federal Road safety commission and the joint task force of mobile policemen and the military that manned major high ways and junctions in the state.

The commission’s team noticed a high population of police officers of inspectors rank in most of the polling units but could not immediately ascertain the reason for using such high calibre of officers to man the polling units.

The police were civil polite and respectful and arrived early at the place of assignments.

The commission team ran into an officer with F/NO454246 at one of the polling units in okitipupa who politely rejected monetary inducement to the tune of 50,000 to allow thumb printing for voters who failed to run up for voting.

The commission will investigate further this commendable conducts of the officer this commendable conduct of the officer and if confirmed to be true, it will consider rewarding him as it will equally visit disciplinary measured on those found wanting.

Ani said the commission commends the leadership of the police who managed the security architecture in Ondo state led by DIG Leye Oyebade and supported by AIG Hosea Karma and commend cp Bolaji salami.

He said the commission will continue to monitor the conduct of police officers on election duties as its contribution to sustaining the nation’s evolving democracy.

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