Olusegun Ariyo

The police service commission (PSC) said it will be sending high powered Monitoring team from the commission to monitor the conduct of policemen on electoral duties for Edo gubernatorial poll scheduled to hold tomorrow in Edo state

A statement signed by head of press and public relation, ikechukwu Ani and that which was sighted by urban Express News Online said the team will be led by Barr Rommy Mom, and honorable commissioner representing the human right organisation in the commission with including Mr. Austin Briamoh, who is representing the media organ of the commission.

He said the Commission has also released dedicated telephone numbers for complaints and commendation on the conduct of Police during the exercise.

“The Commission wishes to advise that all Police Officers on electoral duty in Edo State must operate within the law and rules of engagement as any infractions on the laws/rules guiding election policing by any officer will be investigated and appropriate sanctions given”.

“we has however received assurances from the leadership of the Police charged with maintaining peace and order during the election in the state that every security arrangement has been put in place to ensure hitch free and peaceful polls”.

 The following numbers are provided for complaints: 07034072677, 08050517678; 08052265260

Meanwhile, ahead of  governorship election in Edo State, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 11.59pm on Friday to 6pm on Saturday.

The IG noted that the order was informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs and checkmate the movement of political thugs and other criminally-minded individuals.

The IG in a statement by the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, enjoined the citizens to go out en-masse on the day of the election and vote, noting that the police and other security agencies have been sufficiently mobilised to provide a safe, secure and conducive environment for the election.

He warned that the Force would not condone violent and destructive acts, snatching of ballot boxes, vote buying, vote selling, hate speeches, and other acts capable of compromising the electoral processes.

The statement titled, Edo election: IG orders restriction of vehicular movement,’ read in part, “The IGP notes that the restriction order is informed by the need to prevent the free flow, circulation and use of illicit arms and hard drugs and checkmate the movement of political thugs and touts and other criminally-minded individuals, especially from contiguous states from hijacking and disrupting the electoral processes.”

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