Thousands of police officers deployed to maintain peace and order during Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State, are stranded at several locations across the state, PREMIUM TIMES learnt on Tuesday.
The Nigeria Police Force had earlier announced that no fewer than 26,000 officers would be deployed to forestall any outbreak of violence when residents go out to cast their ballots.
The officers were drafted from other states including Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, which contributed 500 personnel each.
Officers from other states are still being expected, but those who have arrived since Sunday, said the police leadership made no provision for their welfare.
Some of the officers, who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES on the condition of anonymity Tuesday night, said the police knew they would be deployed for several months but failed to make adequate preparation.
“We are in serious trouble here,” an officer said. “You see policemen passing the night in the open and being unable to feed.”
The officers complained that apart from sleeping under makeshift tents, they have no access to proper sanitation and could barely keep their electronic devices on as there are no places to charge their batteries.
Some of them said the unbearable situation had compelled them to call their friends and family for soft loans.