The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police said Friday that it had deployed no fewer than 3,000 officers and men to the Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency, where by-election to replace the House of Representatives member representing the constituency that died.
The State Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Mr Wole Ogodo disclosed the action of the command during an interview.
Ogodo said the command was fully ready for the election adding that the deployed officers and men had been warned against doing anything that could tarnish the image of the force.
“The command has fully prepared for this election, we have deployed over 3,000 officers and men to the places where the election would be held and our men are also battle-ready to tackle any act of thuggery and violence during and after the election”, he said.
He appealed to the politicians to shun all acts that can cause violence during the election, saying whoever caught causing trouble will be adequately dealt with by the police.
The federal constituency seat in the House of Representative became vacant, following the death in November last year, of Hon Raphael Nomiye, who represented the Constituency.
Preparatory to today’s election, all stakeholders had been working to ensure success in their own areas of concern.
While politicians, particularly those in the three major political parties, the All Progressive Congress (APC),the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) had been working to win the election for their parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said arrangement had been put in place to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
It was gathered that the INEC has moved all the materials to be used for the election down to Igbokoda and Igbekebo, the headquarters of Ilaje and Ese Odo local governments respectively.