The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris,
has directed the Commissioners of Police in Imo
and Kogi to ensure adequate deployment of
personnel for the conduct of the re-run senatorial
elections in the states on July 23.
The two states Houses of Assembly re-run
elections are scheduled to hold on the same date.
The directive is contained in a statement issued by
the Force Spokesman, Deputy Commissioner of
Police, DCP Don Awunah, in Abuja on Friday.
Awunah said that the security arrangements would
also cover the Houses of Assembly re-run
elections taking place on the same date in the two
He said that additional police mobile force
personnel, counter terrorism units and
conventional policemen from the adjoining states
had been deployed.
He explained that the measure was aimed at
guaranteeing a hitch-free and credible
electioneering process during the re-run elections.
The spokesman said that the personnel would be
deployed to flash points and other strategic
locations within the senatorial districts the
elections would take place.
He said the commissioners of Police in the two
states were under strict instructions from the IG to
provide adequate security for INEC Staff, Election
materials and others.
Awunah advised politicians, community leaders,
parents and to prevail on their supporters,
subjects, children and wards to be law abiding.
He warned that the law would be applied on
anyone who violated the electoral act or caused
violence during the election.
“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, wishes
to assure the electorate and other law abiding
citizens of adequate security and safety before,
during and after the elections,” he said.
He said that the IG enjoined them to cooperate
with the Police in discharging their duties.
Awunah said Idris warned all security details to
refrain from accompanying their principals and
politicians to polling booths and collation centres
during the elections.