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Nigerian police on patrol/Photo: AFP

Agency report

The Nigeria Police would deploy 26,000 personnel, three helicopters, 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers, and 20 gunboats for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State.

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Inspector-General Ibrahim Idris disclosed this on Tuesday in Akure during a meeting he held with INEC officials and representatives of the political parties in the state.

“Twenty-six thousand police officers will be deployed in the state, and five officers will be at each polling unit during the election.

“ Also, 20 gunboats will be deployed in the water ways to ensure maximum security along the riverine areas, while three helicopters will be patrolling at each of the three senatorial districts of the state,” he said.

Idris added that three commissioners of police would be in the state for special operations during the election. He also noted that 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers would be deployed in some strategic areas.

The police IG further advised the security personnel to restrict themselves to their designated posts.

Idris then warned electorates to shun violence before, during and after the election. He urged the public to cooperate with security agencies in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the election.

“We cannot do it alone because security is the responsibility of all,” he said