Police will deploy 34587 officers for the gubernatorial election in Anambra on November 6
Mr. Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, said on Thursday in Abuja that 34,587 operatives will be sent to Anambra for the state’s gubernatorial election on Nov. 6.
Baba made the announcement at a meeting with police personnel at the level of Commissioner and higher.
He stated that the deployment would include conventional police personnel, the Police Mobile Force, the Counter-Terrorism Unit, Special Forces, the Explosive Ordnance Unit, the Force Intelligence Bureau, INTERPOL, the Special Protection Unit, and a medical team.
He stated that three helicopters will be deployed for overhead observation, as well as detachments of Marine Police officers, to ensure a safe, secure, and credible voting process.
“Based on the results of the analysis, we have developed a strategic election security operation plan that will involve the mobilisation of 34,587 police personnel,” Baba said. “Let me use this opportunity to assure all citizens and stakeholders, including the international community, of our determination to work with other security agencies to stabilise the election.”
“The goal is to establish a favourable and enabling atmosphere that will ensure a peaceful election.”
“We are also committed to collaborating with INEC within the parameters of the Electoral Act in order to conduct a credible election in Anambra,” he added.
According to him, the police have also put in place appropriate advance and reverse logistical preparations to ensure a smooth operation throughout the state.
He cautioned subversive forces and political players who wanted to attain their goals by undemocratic and unlawful means to bury such notions.
Baba also urged police commissioners to improve security architecture in their commands in order to avert expected security challenges as the year comes to a close.
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