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IGP, Ibrahim Idris says he will replicate Ekiti deployment in Osun

IGP Ibrahim Idris says he will replicate Ekiti deployment in Osun

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has said the deployment of personnel for the September 22nd Gubernatorial election in Osun State, will not be different from what happened during the recently-concluded election in Ekiti State.

It would be recalled that the IGP had ordered the deployment of 30, 000 policemen for the Ekiti Governorship election which was mostly criticized by members of opposition parties.

The deployment which was unprecedented in the election history of the country was perceived as a tool used by the federal government to intimidate political opponents.

Nevertheless, the police chief has insisted that short of that will happen in Osun State, to guarantee free and credible election .

Idris who made this known on Wednesday in Abuja, at a conference with senior police officers said he will ensure that the forthcoming exercise in Osun State, as well as the 2019 general elections, were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.

“Obviously, just like you observed, I’m sure you must have seen the pictures in Ekiti, you know we deployed about thirteen thousand police officers, did you see any militarisation in that picture?

“And, it’s the same thing we are going to do in Osun. And just as we did in Ekiti, we are still deploying some senior officers that will coordinate the operation in Osun State for this election”, the IGP said.

While insisting that deployments during elections were based on requirements, Idris enjoined the public to show commitment to peace, which is an essential ingredient for successful polls.

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“This country at this time requires a lot of commitment from everybody, both from the political, traditional, every segment of the society, to ensure that we have peace, so that we can go through this election that we are going to have next year in peace.

“And by the grace of God, we are going to have a peaceful election in Nigeria. Let me also appreciate those that conducted the Ekiti election: it was a successful election.

“Deployments are based in requirements, that’s requirements at the polling units, and some of these facilities that require protection. It was based on that requirement, that we deployment that number. I was in Ekiti myself, and the DIG Operation was in Ekiti.”

On the allegation of militarisation of Ekiti poll, the police chief said: “To be frank, from my own assessment, I didn’t see any over deployment. Deployments are based on requirements…for the protection of lives and properties…of facilities and polling units.

“And like I said, by the grace of God, we are going to have a free and fair election in Osun State.”

In a related development, the Police have denied taking sides in the crisis bedeviling the Benue State House of Assembly where in, personnel were alleged to have provided security cover for eight legislators, who later served an impeachment notice on the Governor, Samuel Ortom.

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Answering questions on the imbroglio the Deputy Commissioner of Police, who represented the State’s Commissioner of Police, said the police remained non-partisan.

“Nothing as such; we are firmly on ground, it is the constitutional responsibility of the police to provide security

“With due regards, the 22 legislators that impeached the speaker, how did they sit? Was it not the same House? So, we are not partisan, please.”

Meanwhile, the IGP has lamented the killing of police officers in any part of the country, vowing that such incidents will not be allowed to go unchecked.

Specifically, Idris spoke to the separate killings of policemen in the Federal Capital Territory (FACT), as well as Edo State, in July.

He warned that “The Nigeria Police will not, at the various levels of responsibilities, tolerate any killing of policemen.

“Anybody that attacks a policeman, obviously draws the wrath” of the law.

He accused those responsible for the acts, as enemies of the country.

Stella Enenche, Abuja

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Buhari at 76: NANS calls for reshuffling of cabinet 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has joined Nigerians and the rest of the world to felicitate with President Muhammadu Buhari as he celebrates his 76th birthday.

NANS’ National Public Relations Officer, Mr Bestman Okereafor spoke through a message sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Sunday.

Okereafor said that Buhari, who is also the Chairman of Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), had displayed great commitment in repositioning Africa for growth and economic sustainability.

“The national secretariat of NANS joins the World, ECOWAS and Progressive minded Nigerians in wishing our beloved President and ECOWAS Chairman, Muhammadu Buhari, a happy 76th birthday.

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“Mr President, no doubt, has consistently displayed an unrivaled commitment to a better Africa and Nigeria.

“Nigerian students both home and in Diaspora are sincerely praying that God upholds, strengthen and preserve you, Mr President.

“We also pray that God help you lead this country in the right direction of progress, peace and prosperity for all,’’ he said.

Okereafor, however, said that NANS was also calling on Buhari to consider a cabinet reshuffle.

“There is a need to bring on board young, fresh and capable hands into your cabinet to man critical and growing areas especially in some sectors of the nation’s economy,’’ he added

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2019 elections: PDP plotting to operate ‘container economy’ – Tinubu 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was plotting to operate “container economy” if voted into power in 2019.

Tinubu made the allegation while reacting to the Vice Presidential debate.

Speaking at the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi’s Roundtable entitled: ‘The Imperatives of Building Institutions for Lasting Legacies,’ held at Ibadan, yesterday, Tinubu said the outcome of the debate has shown that the ‘developmental economy’ of APC cannot be compared with the ‘container economy’ of PDP.

The former Governor of Lagos State argued that the developmental economy would take Nigeria to a secured next level of economic prosperity.

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He, however, stated that the container economy would return the country to perpetual slavery and poverty.

The former governor also assured that he would support the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 poll in the state, Chief Adebayo Adelabu.

He said: “I saw the debate yesterday, to crown my remarks. You could see the difference between a developmental economy and a container economy.

“Is Oyo State going APC? Oyo State is APC. It is progressive politics. I said in one place before, our Moses has crossed the Red Sea, no going back to Egypt. Success all the way.”

He stated that he did not feel bad if opposition parties in the State associated him with the process that threw Adelabu up as governorship candidate.

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“If we do indirect primary again, I will still vote for your (Governor Ajimobi) choice of successor, because reforms, re-engineering, reinvigoration of the institutions can only continue beyond us. If the foundation is bad, the house will crumble,” he said.

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Social media users react to the Yaba Market March

Yesterday, Nigerian women, and some men, took to Yaba Market to carry out a protest and social media users are reacting to it.

It was a peaceful demonstration with women asking that traders stop touching them inappropriately at the market.

But the traders jeered at the women, called them names, and tried to shut them up.

See social media reactions to the market march below.

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