The inspector general of police Solomon Arase on Friday, November 20, ordered the deployment of seven senior officers to coordinate security operations in Kogi state.
The deployment of the senior officers, Arase said is aimed at ensuring proper coordination of security operations that would guarantee a hitch-free electioneering process in Kogi state.
Among the officers deployed are: one deputy inspector general of police, Sotonye Wakama; three commissioners of police, Isaac Eke, Peter Ogunyanwo and Sam Okaula and three assistant commissioners of police.
Wakama, the IGP said is expected to supervise all the security arrangements in the state; the DIG will be assisted by the police commissioners, Arase added.
Arase also ordered the redeployment of a commisioner of police who was a former force public relations officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu to the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Ojukwu is to remain in Abuja till the end of the elections in Kogi state.
“The three CPs deployed to Kogi state will be specifically saddled with the responsibility of supervising security arrangements in the three senatorial districts of the state. They will be assisted by an assistant commissioner of police each, in their respective senatorial districts,” Arase said.
Also, 4,969 officers of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), from across Nigeria have been deployed to strategic places, to complement the 11,000 conventional police manpower, and other security agents already deployed for the election.
A partial restriction of movement has been ordered in the state and its boundaries between 6am to 6pm on Saturday, November 21. The police have also advised travellers to make use of alternative travel routes to their various destinations if necessary.
“All states contiguous to Kogi state will be heavily policed, while motorists and other travellers plying the affected routes will be subjected to rigorous search by security agents on stop-and-search duty,” the IGP said.
Arase assured Kogi state residents that the police force and other security agency in Nigeria are ready to ensure a hitch-free and credible election in the state.
He also warned mischief makers and persons not directly involved with the election to stay away from the electoral process and polling centres.
The IGP had on Wednesday said it was aware of plans by some politicians in Kogi state to dress thugs in police uniform at the polls.
He said the police is ready to dominate the security space in the state to ensure that these suspected thugs do not achieve their plans of causing havoc during the elections.
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