6,000 Policemen Deployed for Rivers Re-run Elections – IG

6,000 Policemen Deplored for Rivers Re-run Election – IG
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase Wednesday said that about 6,000 Police Officers have been deployed for Rivers re-run election, Saturday.
According to him, about 6,000 police personnel, special protection units, explosive ordinance department, federal special anti-robbery squad, operatives of the criminal intelligence and investigation department, counterterrorism unit and marine section of the force are being deployed for the election, warning trouble makers to stay away from the re-run elections.
Arase, who disclosed this, while speaking at a joint briefing with Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mohammed Yakubu, said that security agencies were out for individuals who may want to forment trouble during the election.
He disclosed that some identified individuals have been placed under watch and should they cross the borderline the police will be forced to take action.
IGP said: “At this juncture, let me note that the intelligence unit of the Nigeria police has conducted a comprehensive security analysis if Rivers state. The areas likely to present major security threat as well as individuals who are poised to make themselves available as political thugs to threaten the peaceful conduct of the electoral process have been identified.
“I can assure you that appropriate mechanisms have been duly emplaced to prevent the anti-democratic elements from manifesting their criminal intent.”
He stressed, “our democracy has evolved to a level where political gladiators and electorates should allow morality, integrity, genuine national passion, service and above all, the dictates of paw to guide their actions. The days when political power is attained through the rule of violence rather than the rule of law and democratic value s are fading and our political actors that believe in turning citizens to political thugs and cannon folders to bear the fatal brunt of their political ambition should allow such thoughts to fade henceforth or be prepared to face the wrath of justice.”
Re-run elections will hold in 37 constituencies involving the three senatorial districts, 12 federal constituencies and 22 state constituencies in the state this weekend.
And movement has been restricted.

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