Police withdraw escorts from VIPs

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The Osun State Police Command has said that it has withdrawn escorts from all dignitaries and important personalities ahead of the election slated for July 16.

Speaking on Channels TV, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Johnson Kokumo, who is in charge of the Osun elections, said the police had informed the VIPs of the temporal withdrawal.

He said, “There is a standing instruction that all those VIPs have police protection. We definitely have some categories of Nigerian individuals who are entitled statutorily to these kinds of protections, so we have equally told them that we are going to remove them.

“We are removing them temporarily for the purpose of this election.”

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He further said that the force had issued identification tags for participating officers in the election, and warned that officers without the issued tag will be arrested.

Kokumo was responding to questions on the preparedness of the police for the Saturday governorship election.

He also noted that a number of 15 cult members had been arrested.

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