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Arase deploys 6000 police officers for Rivers re-run election

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase has deployed officers of various calibers to Rivers state as part of efforts to prevent electoral violence in the forthcoming re-run election scheduled for Saturday, 19th March 2016.

According to a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Force Spokesperson, Olabisi Kolawole the IGP directed that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Department of Operations (DIG) Sontoye Wakama, proceed to Rivers to meet with stakeholders and Police officers in the State Command on the need for peaceful conduct before, during and after the election.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 6 Calabar, Adisa Baba Bolanta has also been directed to relocate to Port Harcourt on14th March, 2016 for pre-elections preparation.

The Police High Command explained that the deployment is with a view to emplace conducive environment for free, fair and credible election.

According to the statement, three Commissioners of Police (CPs) have also been deployed to supervise security arrangements within the three Senatorial Districts of the state; Rivers East, Rivers West and Rivers South East.

In addition to the senior officers, the police boss also stated that 6000 conventional Policemen and 14 Units of Police Mobile Force personnel (MOPOL), would be deployed to compliment the personnel of Rivers State Command during the election.

The IGP, while assuring the electorates of a secured and enabling environment to exercise their franchise, warned all security details to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.

He noted that only security personnel specially assigned for election duties must be seen within and around the election designated places.

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