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
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
Some of them said the unbearable situation had
compelled them to call their friends and family for soft loans.
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