IGP de­ploys 26,000 of­fi­cers, 3 he­li­copters, gun­boats

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No fewer than 26,000 po­lice of­fi­cers have been de­ployed to Anam­bra to pro­vide se­cu­rity cover for Satur­day’s gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in the state.

This was an­nounced in a state­ment yes­ter­day by Mr Mohammed Baba-Busu, a me­dia aide to the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, in Awka.

The state­ment said the I-G gave the fig­ure at a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing or­gan­ised by the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) in Awka.

It added that the Idris au­tho­rised an ad­di­tional 21,000 po­lice of­fi­cers to join an­other 5,000 per­son­nel al­ready sta­tioned in the state.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the de­ploy­ment is to en­sure the con­duct of a hitch-free elec­tion and guar­an­tee se­cu­rity of lives and prop­erty be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the elec­tions.

The num­ber one cop also an­nounced that three com­mis­sion­ers of po­lice and As­sis­tant In­spec­tors-Gen­eral (AIGs) had been de­ployed to the state ahead of the polls.

It also said that three he­li­copters and some gun­boats had been de­ployed for both air and wa­ter sur­veil­lance to en­sure peace­ful and or­derly con­duct.

It said the Deputy In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice (DIG Op­er­a­tions) would di­rectly over­see se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions in the state as the Field Com­man­der.

In ad­di­tion, all Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cers, Area Com­man­ders were swapped to avoid fa­mil­iar­ity with po­lit­i­cal ac­tors and main­tain neu­tral­ity dur­ing the elec­tion.

It ex­plained that the three CP’s would over­see each of the op­er­a­tional zones in the state, to en­sure tight se­cu­rity both dur­ing and af­ter the elec­tions. (NAN)

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