By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The police authority in Lagos has reassured residents of its capability to ensure their safety before, during and after the 2019 General Election.
Consequently, a total number of 2,350 police personnel have been deployed on a procession of the nooks and crannies of the state to warn prospective trouble makers of the dire consequence that awaits them.
The Commissioner of Police Lagos Command, Edgal Imohimi gave the reassurance on Saturday when he led sister security agencies on a procession exercise across the state tagged “Operation Show of FORCE”.
Addressing journalists at Coker junction Ilupeju during the exercise, Edgal said the show of force is a friendly one to sensitive the public, especially electorates that they are safe before, during and after the election.
His words, ” This show of force is to tell people that we are ready for the 2019 general elections. The show of force is a friendly one. We want people to know that they will not be intimidated during the electoral process, election and after election. That is why we are warning hoodlums to stay clear of the election
“As you can see our effort is a collaborative one. As you can see we have the military, civil defence and the Neighbourhood Safety Corps who are grass root people who know the nooks and crannies of the city.
“The show of force is basically to show that we are fully prepared psychologically and physically for the election”.
Edgal, who was in company of the Lagos State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Tajudeen Balogun, Representative of the Nigeria Airforce Squadron Leader A.A Arekekun and other senior police officers assured that the election will not only be peaceful but free from any intimidation, harassment and violence.
He therefore appealed to the electorates to come out during the election to exercise their franchise without fear, assuring that the force is determined to exhibit highest level of professionalism.
“We intend to exhibit highest level of professionalism, Lagosians should not panic because of this exercise. It is to reassure them of the ability of the force to provide adequate security. We appeal to all electorates to come out to exercise their franchise without fear”.