The Ondo State police command has said adequate security machineries have been put in place to ensure hitch free inauguration of Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the new governor of the state.
Speaking on the command’s preparedness, the State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) Femi Joseph, hinted that over 5,000 men and officers would be deployed to various location within the state capital of Akure.
He said further that the command is also expecting manpower from sisters command saying the state Commissioner of Police, Hilda Harrison had written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Abubakar Idris to ensure peace and orderliness during the inauguration.
“we are very well prepared in terms of security and we have put several measures in place to ensure that nothing goes awry during the event.”
Joseph said further that the command has also put in place “what we call Operation Order for event like this. This Operation Order will spell out and specify in details the activities to be performed by every police officer.”
He said the command has also deployed intelligence officers to other towns not only in Akure but across the state.
According to him, the venue of the inauguration, the Akure Township Stadium would be well fortified while anti bomb experts have been deployed within and outside the stadium and other strategic location within Akure would be manned by police officers.
He said various Hotels within the state including Owo, Ondo, Okitipupa and other places where guests were lodged will be given adequate security cover.
Joseph said, “we might want to cause slight disturbance around the Stadium that day but we have pleaded with the residents so that they can cooperate with us and they have shown understandings.
“We have also appealed to religious leaders to cooperate with us in order not to give room to easy flow of traffic on that Friday.”
Speaking with newsmen, a member of the Media and Publicity sub- committee of the Inauguration, Mr Allen Sowore said all modalities have been out in place to ensure an hitch free inauguration ceremony.
He said all the 23 APC Governors, senators, house of Representatives members and other party leaders are expected be in attendance.