Wednesday 28th September, 2016
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DIG, AIG, 3 CPs, 6,000 policemen to monitor Rivers' rerun elections

DIG, AIG, 3 CPs, 6,000 policemen to monitor Rivers' rerun elections

To ensure hitch-free con­duct of Saturday’s supple­mentary elections in Riv­ers East, Rivers West and Rivers South East, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Ar­ase, has redeployed the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 6, Adisa Baba Bolanta to Port Harcourt.
The IGP also ordered the Dep­uty Inspector-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Department of Operations, Sontoye Wakama, to proceed to Rivers to hold meet­ings with stakeholders and police officers in the State Command to set the stage for the peaceful con­duct of the elections.
In a statement by the Force spokesperson, Olabisi Kolawole, in Abuja on Sunday, the IGP also asked three Commissioners of Po­lice (CPs) to supervise the elec­tions.
The police chiefs are also to oversee the activities of 6,000 con­ventional policemen and 14 Units of Police Mobile Force personnel (MOPOL) during the elections.
The officers will complement the personnel of the Rivers State Command during the polls.
The statement read in part: “In addition, the Deputy Inspec­tor-General of Police (DIG) in charge of Department of Opera­tions, Sontoye Wakama, has also been directed to proceed to Riv­ers immediately to hold meetings with stakeholders and Police offic­ers in the State Command on the need for peaceful conduct before, during and after the election.”
The IGP, however, warned all security details to desist from ac­companying their principals and politicians to the polling booths and collation centres during the elections.
He reiterated that only secu­rity personnel specially assigned for election duties must be seen within and around the election-designated places.
Arase assured law-abiding electorates of the state of a se­cured and enabling environ­ment to exercise their franchise and urged them to come out en mass to vote for the candidates of their choice without fear of mo­lestation.

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