By CHINYERE Ogbonna – The Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Zone 10, SOKOTO, north east Nigeria, Bala Hassan says that eighteen thousand police officers (18,000) have been deployed to SOKOTO, Yobe, Kebbi and Zamfars states for the general election.
The AIG who made the point in a statement in Sokoto said that the personnel comprised police, Department of State Services, civil defence, Nigeria Customs Service, immigration and prisons officers.
He said an operational arrangement on how to handle security threats before, during and after the elections had been made.
Mr. Hassan said that the police would not tolerate any act of thuggery as special anti- thuggery unit had been directed to arrest any person or group of people found wanting within the zone. He said that some suspected political thugs had been arrested at Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State with some dangerous weapons and would soon be arraigned.
He said that the police were ready to ensure peaceful conduct of the polls.
Mr. Hassan who called for the support of members of the public urged them to report suspicious characters to the nearest security units for prompt action.
He said that already, an operational arrangement on how to handle security threats before, during after the elections had been made.
The AIG said that the police would not tolerate any act of thuggery as special anti- thuggery unit had been directed to arrest any person or group of people found wanting within the zone. He said that some suspected political thugs had been arrested at Illela Local Government Area of Sokoto State with some dangerous weapons and would soon be arraigned.
Elsewhere in Anambra State, South-East, Nigeria, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hassan Karma, said that the command had deployed no fewer than 8, 000 combined team of security personnel to ensure the peaceful conduct of the general election.
Karma made this known at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area of the state on shortly after a show of force by the security agencies.
“What you have seen is a demonstration, re-assuring the people of the state that the security agencies are ready, should any one attempt to foment trouble.
“We are united against crime or criminality as our interest is to ensure hitch-free elections and give the polls credibility.”
He urged members of the public to go about the electoral process peacefully, warning that anyone who dared any security personnel, would meet force with force.
The police boss explained that the team was made up of the Army, Navy, NDLEA, DSS, NSCDC and the Police, who moved in about forty utility trucks from Onitsha to Awka the state capital.
Meanwhile, the Police Service Commission has approved the recommendations of the Inspector General of Police for the redeployment of thirteen (13) Commissioners of Police to various Commands across the thirty-six states of the federation.
The redeployment includes the controversial CP for Rivers State now moved to the FCT.
s/n Rank Name Present Posting Posted To
1. CP AMBROSE AISABO, mni PAP LAS CP KWS
2. CP FELIX O. UYANYA, mni COMDT PCO CP EKS
3. CP JOHNSON OGUNSAKI CP SFU CP RVS
4. CP ABDULMAJID ALI CP EOD CP IMS
5. CP BENJAMIN U. ONWUKA D/COMDT STAFFPOL JOS CP KBS
6. CP IBRAHIM MAISHANU FHQ CP OSS
7. CP ADAMU IBRAHIM DFS CP ABS
8. CP ADERENLE SHINABA FHQ CP KNS
9. CP MBU JOSEPH MBU CP RVS CP FCT
10. CP UMARU U. SHEHU CP NAS CP KDS
11. CP A.J. ABAKASANGA, mni CP INFO-TECH CP ADS
12. CP KALAFITE H. ADEYEMI FHQ ABJ CP TRS
13. CP IBRAHIM IDRIS FHQ ABJ CP NAS
The Chairman of the Commission, Sir Mike Mbama Okiro, equally admonished the newly redeployed officers to put in their best in their various Commands’ operations, so as to provide a secure environment for business and life to thrive.