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Police brace up for tense Rivers re-run polls

14 March 2016, 21:36

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.

Also read: Violence denounced ahead of Rivers polls

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 Arase.

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


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