The Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, yesterday, tasked the Nigeria police to ensure adequate, fair and unbiased policing during the November 26 governorship election in the state.
Mimiko stated this while receiving the Assistant Inspector General of police zone 11, Dan Bature who paid him a courtesy call, said the people of the state are sophisticated and would not tolerate injustice.
The governor who said security is the substructure upon which development can be built, urged the police to ensure safety of lives and property before, during and after the poll.
While appealing to the police to ensure that the votes of the electorate count by allowing one man, one vote, Mimiko noted that his administration in the last seven and the half years has invested heavily on security in the state.
Reacting, the Assistant inspector General, Dan Bature assured the governor of a level playing ground for all political parties in the state .
Bature promised that the Nigerian police has the capacity to police the state during the electioneering processes and will do so during the election.
Earlier at the state police command, the AIG urged the men and officers of the command to key into anti-corruption crusade of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The AIG said that police must be a major stakeholder in the fight,saying that discipline,which was the hallmark of the present administration must be the focal point of police.
While saying that there must be high level of uprightness, transparency in the endeavours of the force, Bature Maintained that police must be indulged in intelligence policing.
He, however, reiterated that there was still ban on road block, advising them to desist from checking of vehicle and customs papers except on suspicion.
According to him, police should ensure safety on highways and not disturb motorists.
“Adhere strictly to ban on road block because they remain cancelled,” he said.
Earlier, the commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, said that the state was relatively peaceful.