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Police deploy 3 commissioners, 6 000 men for Rivers rerun elections

14 March 2016, 13:14

Port Harcourt -  The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has ordered the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 6 Calabar, AIG Adisa Baba Bolanta to relocate to Port Harcourt to ensure hitch free rerun election in three Senatorial District of Rivers State on March 19.

The movement also affected three Commissioners of Police, 6 000 conventional policemen and 14 Units of Police Mobile Force personnel (MOPOL) who are deployed to compliment the personnel of Rivers State Command during the election.

Also read: INEC to deploy 36 335 staff for FCT, Rivers elections

A statement by ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the force spokesperson, said the deployment was in furtherance of strategies designed to prevent electoral violence and to ensure a smooth and “orderly conduct of the Rivers State Supplementary elections slated for Saturday.”

Arase warned Policemen to be apolitical and professional in the conduct of the re-run.

He enjoined them to guarantee conducive environment for free, fair and credible election.

In addition, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Department of Operations, DIG 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.

- News 24


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