Ahead of tomorrow's visit of President Goodluck Jonathan as well as today's rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Felix Uyanna, has disclosed that the command has deployed anti-bomb experts to take charge of the venues of the two important programmes.
Speaking yesterday in a telephone conversation with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, Uyanna said he had deployed his men to all strategic locations in Ado-Ekiti and suburbs to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Uyanna was commenting on the preparation of the command for Thursday’s visit of President Jonathan to Ekiti to officially present the party's governorship candidate, Mr. Ayo Fayose, to the people of the state and today’s visit of the national leaders of the APC, General Mohammadu Buhari, Senator Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, among others to drum support for the re-election of Governor Kayode Fayemi.
The two rallies are to hold at the popular Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Uyanna, who spoke through the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi, added that his men had also commenced a stop-and-search operation on all vehicles to prevent any explosive devices from being brought to wreak havoc on the people.
The police commissioner stated that the command was aware of the enormity of the president’s visit and the calibre of people that would visit the state, promise that the two rallies would be devoid of rancour and breakdown of law and order.
He said: “The command has enough manpower to ensure that the rallies are held under a peaceful atmosphere. The protection of lives and property is our utmost duty, we are going to do all within our powers to curb any crisis that could lead to loss of lives.
“We have activated all the police units to be able to deal with any situation because we are not unaware of the personalities that will visit the State within the next two days. Our men from the explosive and ordinance department had already commenced operation at the venue of the two rallies. They are combing everywhere as we speak.
“We are not going to limit our operations to this, we are also going to give adequate protection to all the hotels where some of these personalities will be staying. So, we are on top of the situation and we are monitoring situations very carefully,” Uyanna stated.
The police boss added that the command had also put machinery in motion for effective traffic control during the rallies for free flow of vehicular and human movements.
Uyanna warned those planning to foment trouble to desist, saying the command would deal decisively with those apprehended for such tendency.
We want to warn trouble makers to beware because we are several miles ahead of them. Our men are well mobilised and positioned to march them up because the security of lives and property is very dear to us,” he said.