The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed a special police team in the 36 states ahead of the 2019 general elections. The team consists of about 180 policemen drafted from police units such as the Monitoring Team, Intelligence Response Team, Anti-Bomb and other formations under the IG’s office. Sources privy to the deployment, said that the detectives were sent to gather intelligence on violence-prone areas in each state ahead of the elections.
A senior officer, who led one of the groups, confided that a five-man team headed by an officer not lower than the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police was posted to each state. The officer said, “The postings were done in November and it involves 180 detectives drawn from different units under the Office of the Inspector-General of Police. Five policemen were posted to each state for intelligence gathering ahead of the elections. They are in the states on surveillance and they are supposed to report directly to the IG. The purpose of the postings is to unravel any conduct likely to jeopardize peaceful elections and nip it in the bud.”
The officer stated that the detectives would also be on the ground during the elections, adding that they were being paid allowances on a monthly basis, starting from November. On the allowances, the source said each policeman in the team receives between N105,000 and N300,000 monthly.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, who confirmed the deployment, said it was aimed at preventing anything that could affect the smooth conduct of the elections, noting that it was not political.