Some security agents deployed for Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State slept in some police formations as they claimed that their allowances had not been paid.
Investigation by the News Agency of Nigeria in Okitipupa revealed that the security agencies involved included the police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Services.
Some of the security agents, who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity, because of the sensitivity of the issue, claimed they slept in any available police station in the area of deployment and were unable to feed well because of unpaid allowance.
NAN also reported that the security agents had removed all barricades and checkpoints on major highways in the area, ensuring free vehicular movement.
All efforts by NAN to speak with the Divisional Police Officer in Okitipupa, Mr. Oluwole Ojo, however, proved abortive.
But the spokesman for the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph, said he was not aware of the development.
“ I am not aware and I do not have the facts now because I am at INEC headquarters. I do not think any policeman would contemplate leaving his duty post,’’ he said.
The police said 26,000 personnel, three helicopters, 12 Armoured Personnel Carriers and 20 gunboats were deployed for the election.
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