Thursday, 7 March 2019

Inspector general of police deploys officers for the March 9 election

Ahead of Saturday ’ s Governorship and state
Houses of Assembly elections , the acting
Inspector- General of Police , Mohammed
Adamu, has deployed seven Deputy
Inspectors -General of Police in the six
geopolitical zones across the country to
supervise election security .
He has also dispatched 10 Assistant
Inspectors -General of Police to the police
zonal commands and 277 Commissioners of
Police to complement the efforts of the CPs
in the 36 state commands and the Federal
Capital Territory .
With this deployment, each command now
has additional three CPs posted to the three
senatorial districts in their respective states
of assignment .
A statement in Abuja on Wednesday by the
Force spokesman , ACP Frank Mba , disclosed
that this would form part of the security
management base for the command CPs.
However, based on security assessment
earlier carried out by the force, the police
said some local government areas in
Plateau , Benue , Imo and Taraba states
would have one Commissioner of Police
deployed in the councils to coordinate
security .
“ Each of them is expected to work with the
Command CP and ensure that no stone is
left unturned towards emplacing adequate
security , including the supervision of
security personnel deployed in each of the
senatorial districts under their watch , ” the
statement said .
It further announced that new CPs had
been posted to Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo and
Sokoto state commands for the purposes of
the election .
The IG assured that just as in the recently
concluded Presidential and National
Assembly elections , “ the Nigeria Police
Force shall remain civil , firm , optimally
professional and apolitical in the discharge
of our duties in the March 9 , 2019
elections .

Also, the Assistant Inspector -General of
Police for Zone XI , Mr Leye Oyebade, on
Wednesday reiterated the commitment of
the Nigeria Police Force to the peaceful
conduct of Saturday ’ s elections .
Speaking at a meeting held at the Zone XI
headquarters in Osogbo and attended by
Commissioners of Police in Osun , Oyo and
Ondo; Abiodun Ige , Shina Olukolu and
Undie Adie respectively, AIG Oyebade
declared that the police authorities would
not allow hoodlums to disrupt polls in any
part of the zone .
He subsequently directed Commissioners of
Police to beef up security across their states
of operation , with more attention on the
flash points.
He also warned that police would deal
decisively with any person or group of
persons planning to disrupt election in the
zone .
A statement signed by SP Adekunle
Ajisebutu, the Zonal Police Public Relations
Officer for Zone XI Command , containing
resolutions of the meeting read in part ,
“While reviewing security arrangements in
the last elections during another strategic
meeting held in his office in Osogbo today ,
the Assistant Inspector- General of Police in
charge of the zone , Leye Oyebade,
reiterated the commitment of the police
towards more peaceful elections .
“Oyebade also directed commissioners of
police in the zone to beef up security ,
especially in identified flashpoints so as to
prevent recurrence of the isolated cases
witnessed during the last Presidential and
National Assembly elections .
“Also assuring the public of peaceful
elections on Saturday , the police boss
commended the media for its unbiased
reportage, adding that the zone would
ensure protection of INEC staff, materials,
the electorate, journalists and other critical
stakeholders involved in the electoral
process . ”
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