The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris has commended personnel of the police and other security agencies deployed to Ekiti State to ensure adequate security during the just concluded governorship election in the state.
Mr Idris gave the commendation in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, on Sunday in Abuja.
The statement reads: “The Inspector General has expressed utmost satisfaction and commends the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations, the entire Police personnel, officers and men of other security and safety agencies deployed to complement the Nigeria Police, in the implementation of the security arrangement for the just concluded Ekiti State gubernatorial election.
“The IG deeply appreciates the high-level commitment of the police personnel and that of other security and safety agencies in ensuring adequate security, secure and conducive environment for a free and fair gubernatorial election in Ekiti State.
“The IG further extols the high level of professionalism, civility, politeness, firmness and unbiased conducts of the police personnel and that of other security and safety agencies, before, during and after the election.
“As a lead security agency in election security in a democracy, the IG further commends the entire police personnel deployed for the election for their personal sacrifice, collective patriotism and commitment in ensuring that the election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace devoid of any breach of public peace and security throughout the period of the election.
“The Police Commissioners and their personnel in the contiguous states to Ekiti State, who were placed on red alert by the IG, are equally appreciated.”
The police boss also commended residents of Ekiti, traditional rulers, religious leaders, INEC officials, election observers, media and other stakeholders for their conduct during the election.
The Force said the good disposition and spirit of sportsmanship exhibited by most of the political parties in the election doused fear and tensions during the election.
It also stated that it would continue to sustain the elections security successes recorded in gubernatorial elections in Edo, Ondo and Anambra States and the just concluded one in Ekiti State as an index for the conduct of subsequent elections in the country.