-30,000 Policemen deployed for Ekiti Elections is senseless,Senate says
YBTC News-The Senate yesterday condemned the federal government for deploying 30,000 police officers ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, while killings of innocent Nigerians continued unabated across the country.
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah said it did not make any sense for the Nigeria Police Force, NPF to deploy such number of security agents while it had failed to deploy 10, 000 to Zamfara and other states where there was high level of insecurity.
The two principal officers spoke during the consideration of a bill for an Act to repeal and re-enact the Police Act of 1943, which has been in existence for about 75 years without any amendment.
Senator Na’Allah (APC Kebbi South), while stressing the need to reform the Nigeria Police for better service, after he had presented the bill during plenary, frowned at the government’s insensitivity to the high spate of killings in the country while paying much attention to a governorship election.
He said: “30,000 policemen to supervise an election in Ekiti while they could not mobilise 10,000 men to stop the killings in Zamfara and other places.
“Our party, the APC that I represent will frown at this, it is not part of our manifesto, it is not what we promised the people and I am sure that the president himself knows that this is not acceptable. Unfortunately, the police have already conditioned that service, ‘korokoro’ eye service.
“We would continue to tell the people that we will leave our promise that is why we are before you for the reform. Let it not be a situation where a killing would be involved and we have 10,000 police and an election is going on and we have 30,000 police.
“I don’t like that situation. I appall it and I think that it does not represent what we stand for as a party and therefore we would seek the indulgence of our colleagues to reform this institution that is called the Nigerian Police”.
In his remarks, Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, said also condemned the mobilization of such huge number of police men for a day election while hundreds of innocent people are being killed on daily basis in some states.
“In response to this your last statement, I am also worried about the fact that we have 30,000 police men you can deploy in a state for election and the other issue here is the issue of sincerity in deploying 30,000 policemen and (if) it would ensure security of lives and properties, there is no problem with that.
“But sometimes, some of this statistics are misleading and it only goes to count when allowances are to be paid and nobody is sure how many people actually participated, meanwhile provision were made for that number; that is my warning here.
“But if we have 30,000 policemen that we can deploy them and pay them and it can be accounted for, I have no problem with that anyways. We need to ensure accountability, this is important not just dropping figures”, he stressed.
The deputy senate president, however, disclosed that the upper legislative chamber was working to find a “permanent solution to policing problem” through the bill.
YBTC News earlier reports that the Force Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP said in a statement on Sunday that 30,000 personnel, two Patrol Surveillance Helicopters, five additional Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), 10 Armoured Personnel Vehicles and 250 police patrol vehicles have been deployed for the election slated to hold on Saturday, July 14.
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