Abuja - Inspector-General of Police, Solomon
Arase, has pledged the force’s commitment to ensure a smooth and orderly
conduct of the Rivers State supplementary elections slated for Saturday.
As part of such measures, he has directed the Assistant
Inspector Generals in charge of Zone 6 Calabar (Cross River State), Adisa Baba
Bolanta, to relocate to Port Harcourt (Rivers State) on Monday.
Ararse disclosed that three Commissioners of Police had been
deployed to supervise security arrangements within the three Senatorial
Districts – Rivers East, Rivers West and Rivers South East.
Some 6 000 conventional police officers and 14 Units of
Police Mobile Force personnel (MOPOL) would be deployed to complement the
personnel of Rivers State Command during the election.
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In addition, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in
charge of Department of Operations, Sontoye Wakama, has also been directed to
proceed to Rivers immediately to hold meetings with stakeholders and police
officers in the State Command on the need for peaceful conduct before, during
and after the election.
Arase, while assuring the law-abiding electorates of a
secure and enabling environment to exercise their franchise, warned all security
details to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling
booths and collation centres during the election.
“Only security personnel specially assigned for election
duties must be seen within and around the election designated places,” said
A spike in violence has been noted ahead of the polls.
There have been counter accusations between the All
Progressives Congress and Governor Nyesom Wike’s People’s Democratic Party
- CAJ News