The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, has deployed Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to supervise the April 11 governorship election in some states of the federation.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, on Thursday explained that six Deputy Inspectors-General of Police had also been redeployed to coordinate police activities in the six geo-political zones.
The redeployed AIGs are, Aigusman Gwary (Abia); Olufemi Adenaike, (Kwara); Mbu. J. Mbu (Ogun); Patrick Dokumor (Kaduna); Tambari Mohammed (Jigawa); Mohammed Abubakar (Gombe); Ikemefuna Okoye (Oyo); Tunde Ogunsakin (Rivers); and Jubril Adeniji (Bauchi).
Others are, Yerima Irimiya (Imo); Adisa Bolanta (Akwa Ibom); Lawal Tanko (Lagos); Ballah Nasarawa (Benue); Musa Daura (Edo); Aderele Shinaba (Plateau ); and Bala Hassan (Sokoto).
The Commissioners of Police redeployed for election duties to states are, Sam Okaula (Anambra); E. J. Ibine (Ekiti); Adamu Mohammed (Enugu); and Valentine Ntomchukwu (Osun).
The statement added that the IGP had also deployed a Commissioner of Police to command each of the senatorial districts of Gombe, Bauchi, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Benue, Edo, Plateau and Sokoto states.
For Rivers State, the IGP had redeployed the 32 Units of Police Mobile Force; 4 Units of Counter terrorism Units; 4 Units of Special Protection Units and 6 Crack Teams of Detectives from Force Criminal Investigation Department and complements of intelligence officers, to beef up security in Rivers State.
Meanwhile, Abba, has ordered restriction of vehicular movement in 36 states from 8am to 5pm during the elections on Saturday.
A statement by Ojukwu on Thursday in Abuja explained that the measure was to ensure safety and security during the polls.
According to the statement, “There is no restriction of vehicular movement in the Federal Capital Territory as there is no election taking place there on the said date.”
It added that the restriction excluded “vehicles on essential duty such as Fire Service, ambulances and vehicles used by the Independent National Electoral Commission and law enforcement/security agencies.’’
The statement assured members of the public that adequate security logistics and manpower had been deployed to achieve conducive atmosphere for the polls.
It said that policemen on election duty had been properly briefed on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act.
It said, “They are expected to be professional, non-partisan, civil but firm in their approach and relation to the public.’’
It called on the citizens to remain vigilant and report all suspicious movements or dealings to appropriate police authority.
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