In order to forestall any breach of security during coming Saturday’s governorship poll in Kogi State, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase has deployed a surveillance aircraft, marine police, anti-bomb squad, counter-terrorism units, Police Mobile Force, Force Intelligence Unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and Mounted Troop.
These special units are to complement the conventional police manpower deployed for the election, and the operation is being headed by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations, DIG Wakama Sotonye, while the AIG in charge of the Police Air Wing was directed to deploy a helicopter for aerial patrol before, during and after the election.
According to a press stamen issued in Abuja by the Force Public Relations Officer, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olabisi Kolawole, the IGP assured Nigerians, especially indigenes of Kogi State, of the readiness of the police and other relevant security agencies to provide effective security and ensure a smooth and orderly conduct of the election.
Arase addressed stakeholders and police officers in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, last Tuesday, warning that trouble-makers and anti-social elements should stay away from the state throughout the period of the election, “as the police will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person, no matter how highly placed in society, who flouts the law or causes a breach of the peace.
“To this end, the IGP has directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Department of Operations, DIG Sotonye Wakama, to relocate to Lokoja, the headquarters of Kogi State, so as to ensure adequate police presence and coordination of all security operations for the election in all polling units and collation centres in the state,” the statement added.
He ordered all police officers on election duties in Kogi State to ensure they work in line with the Police Code of Conduct and international best practices, while admonishing members of the public, particularly politicians, governorship candidates and other stakeholders in the state, to cooperate with security agencies “in the onerous but patriotic task of guaranteeing a hitch-free gubernatorial poll.”


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