Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has proclaimed that the Police force has been stationed to keep the peace in Anambra, ahead, during, and after the election in the southeastern State.

Baba still adds that the heavy deployment of security for the Saturday governorship election isn’t to blackjack law-abiding citizens, but to assure the people of acceptable protection during the vote. “ Away from the optimal deployment of our intelligence assets to proactively beat any trouble to the elections, we’ve also stationed an aggregate of the Police force for purpose of defending the personnel and means of INEC, the electorates and residers of Anambra State during the activity,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes the police boss as saying.

“ This figure will be rounded by the Military and other security and intelligence departments. Our election security is aimed similar that all the three senatorial districts, 21 Local Government Areas, 326 Wards and Polling Units across the State will witness acceptable security content,” Baba adds. He says the heavy deployment is to also serve as a strong alert that government is determined to bring actors aim on undermining the democratic operation, to justice. “ The overriding idea of our functional action plan is to ensure an atmosphere that’s peaceful enough to promote the law-abiding people of Anambra State to exercise their electoral franchise. “ The communication here’s clear.

For the political actors and electorates that are law-abiding, they’re completely assured of optimal protection. “ Still, for the destabilizing rudiments and other counterculturists who despite all wise counsels are determined to emplace violence and other illegitimate means to advance their political claims or constitute a clog in the wheel of peaceful atmosphere for the election, they should be prepared for the consequences of their conduct as they will be linked, insulated and decisively dealt with, irrespective of their status, ideological inclinations or political cooperation,” Baba says.

He adds that”I also wish to reassure that the force of the Nigeria Police, as the lead agency in election security operation, shall remain unprejudiced, firm, responsible and professional in the exercise of their statutory duties as handed for in the Electoral Act and other enabling laws.”

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