Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, yesterday made his first official appearance at the State House, Abuja, three days after his appointment to explain to President Goodluck Jonathan the police preparations for the governorship re-run polls.
He took over from his predecessor, Mr. Suleiman Abba, on Wednesday.
Arase told State House correspondents that his presence at the Presidential Villa was to brief Jonathan on security preparations for the states where the elections are holding.
He said the police had begun the deployment of more men and materials in the affected states and promised law-abiding residents of adequate protection.
Arase warned that anyone who breached the peace during the election would bear the wrath of the law.
On his presence at the Presidential Villa, Arase said: “First and foremost, we still have some elections left in about three states and we are doing some massive. That is what I came to brief the Commander-in-Chief. I can assure you that we are going to have a level playing field for people who want to vote on Election Day.”
In Kogi State, the Police Command has said that it would deploy 4,700 men and officers for tomorrow’s re-run in the east flank of the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, disclosed this to journalists yesterday in Lokoja, saying that the decision to deploy such number of security personnel to cover the election was to ensure that it is devoid of violence.
He said that the police would be assisted by military and paramilitary personnel, stressing that both the polling units and collation centres would be fortified against snatching of ballot boxes and other related vices.
Ogunjemilusi said: “We have the information that some people will be out to foment trouble by bringing thugs from outside the state, but we are also ready to curtail their activities.”
He said that the command had identified violence-prone areas in the Eastern senatorial district and that appropriate measures had been taken to curtail the activities of those who are bent on making trouble during the re-run election in the affected areas.
The commissioner advised the people of Ajaokuta community to suspend their traditional festival c scheduled for tomorrow, saying that hoodlums might hijack it to disrupt the state constituency re-run election billed for the same day.