The newly appointed Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Mr Olafimihan Adeoye, says all security arrangements made so far to ensure a smooth conduct of the September 10 governorship election will remain untouched.
Mr Adeoye made the statement on Monday in an interview with Channels Television shortly after resuming work at the Police Headquarters in Benin City, the state’s capital in south-south Nigeria.
The Police Commissioner took over from Mr Chris Ezike who had been redeployed to the Police College in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Meanwhile, some candidates of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) of the General Certificate Examination (GCE) have called for the postponement of the Edo State governorship election.
The examination applicants voiced their demand in a protest, at the Government House in the state’s capital with placards bearing various inscriptions.
They said that holding the examination and the poll on the same day would disenfranchise them.
The GCE candidates also took their protest to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benin City.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has emphasised the need for a violence free exercise in the coming Edo State governorship election.
The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, made the call during the council’s visit to Edo State Government House in Benin City, the state capital in south-south Nigeria.
In his remarks, Governor Adams Oshiomhole commended the monarch’s visit and supported his call.
He noted that an individual’s conscience and not religion has a more important role to play in the decision concerning whom to vote for in any election.
A team of Explosives Ordinance Detectives (EOD) from the Edo State Police Command have defused an Improvised Explosive Device planted on an oil well head at Gelegele Oil Field in Ovia North East Local Government of Edo State.
Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Chris Ezike, while speaking to Channels Television on the incident urged the public to remain calm as security has been beefed up in the area.
The Edo Police Command at the force headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital also paraded ten suspects arrested for kidnapping, armed robbery and cybercrime.