INSPECTOR-General of Police
(IGP), Mr Ibrahim Idris, on
Tuesday, said the force would
deploy 21,084 policemen to
Anambra for the Nov. 28
governorship election.
Idris made the disclosure
at the Nigerian Civil Society
Situation Room Dialogue
session in Abuja.
He said that 17,320 policemen
would be deployed to the
4,330 polling units across the
state while 280 of them would
be deployed to the collation
centres.
The inspector-general said
2,484 of the security agents
would be deployed to 414 major
streets in the state throughout
the election period.
He said that the Force
Headquarters would provide
additional 300 vehicles to the
80 operational vehicles in the
Police Command in Anambra.
Idris said that additional
police mobile force units had
also been deployed to Anambra
and other states in the South-
East and South-South for the
governorship election.
The IGP explained that the
deployment was to ensure
that criminal elements were
removed from the states before
the election.
The police boss said that extra
security arrangements were
being made for some flash and
vulnerable points in the state.
He listed the areas to include:
Otuocha, Ihiala towns, as well
as Onitsha North and Onitsha
South Local Government areas.

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Others are Achala in Awka
North, Ekwulobia in Orumba
and Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local
Government Areas respectively.
He said that the deployment
would build and increase the
confidence of the people of the
state in the police and other
security agencies to protect them.
“I want to assure you that
all necessary manpower and
logistics to secure the electorate,
electoral officials, monitors,

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observers and materials have
been provided for the command.
Idris said the police
commissioner in Anambra had
been instructed to carry along the
state Inter-Agency Consultative
Committee on Election
Security, in the deployment
and implementation of security
arrangements for the poll.
He said the command had
also been directed to work
with the Police Community

Relations Committee (PCRC), the
Eminent Persons Forum and local
associations in the state to ensure
peace and order.
He said that there was a need for
collaboration and synergy among
Civil Society Organisations
(CSOs) in engendering secured
environment for credible elections
in the country.
“These areas of cooperation will
be further strengthened towards
the 2019 general election and

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beyond“ he said.
The IGP said that no group
under any guise would be
allowed to cause violence,
before, during and after the
election.
He attributed the successes
recorded in the Edo and Ondo
governorship elections and the
National Assembly re-runs in
Imo, Kogi and Rivers in 2016, to
the support and cooperation of
the CSOs.


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