During GEJ tenure, many from APC cried foul that too many security forces were deployed to places during elections. Now, they are doing exactly the same. It is good to have security to check the possibility of unrest or other malpractices associated with election history in Nigeria.
It is better to have more lower-ranking police officers than have AIGs and CPS, who literarily do almost nothing. Again, Rivers seems to be of utmost importance to Buhari and his politcal party.
By Wale Odunsi
In furtherance of strategies designed to prevent electoral violence and ensure a smooth conduct of the Rivers State Supplementary elections slated for Saturday, 19th March, 2016, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, has directed the AIG in charge of Zone 6 Calabar, AIG Adisa Baba Bolanta to relocate to Port Harcourt on Monday for pre-elections preparations with a view to ensure conducive environment for free, fair and credible election.
The IGP, while disclosing that three Commissioners of Police have been deployed to supervise security arrangements within the three Senatorial Districts – Rivers East, Rivers West and Rivers South East, respectively, stated that 6000 conventional Policemen and 14 Units of Police Mobile Force personnel (MOPOL), would be deployed to compliment the personnel of Rivers State Command during the election.
Force spokesman, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, in a statement added that 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.
Continuing, “The IGP, while assuring the law-abiding electorates of a secure and enabling environment to exercise their franchise, warns all security details to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centers during the election.
“He emphasizes that only security personnel specially assigned for election duties must be seen within and around the election designated places.”
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