A total of N64bn has been approved for the Nigeria Police Force as operations fund for security management for the forthcoming general elections.
This is as the Force Headquarters has dispatched anti-riot weapons, water cannons and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), among others, to the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, to ensure watertight security during the elections.
Police sources also confirmed that all the Commands and formations across the country had got their share of the arms and ammunition unveiled by the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, in Abuja, last week.
The sources, however, noted that the total number received by each Command and formation could not be disclosed for security reasons.
Meanwhile, the Force Headquarters has confirmed the deployment of the equipment, and gave assurance of security before, during and after the elections. It also noted that it had continued to deploy adequate personnel to ensure security during political activities, as political parties demand more police presence at campaign venues.
Meanwhile, the Police High Command has stated that it will provide extra security cover for the political parties, which are only required to make requests.
The Lagos State Police Command urged residents and voters to be law-abiding, adding that the police were prepared and the state was secure for the conduct of the elections.
Similarly, the Osun State Police Command said it had put measures in place to ensure security during elections, adding that attacks on Independent National Electoral Commission offices would not be repeated.
The Command further said it had yet to arrest any suspect in connection with the attacks on INEC offices in the State last year, and assured the residents of their safety before, during and after the general elections.
In the same vein, the Imo State Police Command revealed that several suspects had been arrested in connection with attacks on INEC offices in the State.