As a way of ensuring adequate security in this Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has deployed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG in charge of Operations, Wakama Sotonye to the state.
Arase also ordered the deployment of Marine Police, Anti-Bomb, Counter-Terrorism Units, Police Mobile Force, Force Intelligence Unit and Mounted Troop to complement the conventional police manpower in the state.
Disclosing this in a statement she issued in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole revealed that the AIG in charge of the Police Air Wing was also directed by the police boss to deploy a helicopter for aerial patrol before, during and after the election.
The statement assured the people of Kogi State of the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security agencies to ensure a smooth and orderly conduct of the election.
It however warned all trouble-makers to stay away from the state throughout the period of the election,“as the police will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person, no matter how highly placed in society, who flouts the law or causes a breach of the peace.”
According to the Police spokesperson, “To this end, the IG has directed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Department of Operations, DIG Sotonye Wakama, to relocate to Lokoja, the Headquarters of Kogi State so as to ensure adequate police presence and coordination of all security operations for the election in all polling units and collation centres in the state.”
She also stated that the Arase directed police officers on election duties in Kogi State to ensure they work in line with the Police Code of Conduct and international best practices.