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Police deploy 15,000 personnel for Rivers LG polls

About two days to the local elections in Rivers state, the Nigeria Police asserted that they have deployed 15,000 personnel for the exercise which is slated to hold on Saturday.

Mr. Zaki Ahmed, State Police Commissioner disclosed this on Thursday during a press conference with the newsmen in PortHarcourt, he enumerated that the heavy presence of the policemen was aimed to ensure a maximum violent-free election.

However, Ahmed outlined that the Command had drawn an operation order that would make notorious individuals stay away from the council polls.

“As a Command, we have braced up to the challenge of the elections and accordingly put in place adequate security measures to ensure that the local government elections are free, fair, credible and devoid of any violence.

“Consequently, we have drawn up our operations order which has captured all deployments including those of other security agencies. In all, about fifteen thousand (15,000) security personnel drawn from the police and all the agencies will be deployed for the exercise,” the state CP stressed.

Explaining that restriction orders had been put in place to for a peaceful exercise across the state, Ahmed maintained that this was achieved in consultation with heads of other security outfits.

He said, “Total restriction of movement of persons, vehicles, both land, and air, between the hours of 7am – 4pm. Again, important personalities and politicians are barred from going to any voting centre with security details.

“All entry and exit points will remain closed within the stipulated time and all identified flashpoints will be manned by security personnel to prevent any security breach.”

The state police boss, however, cautioned that those who disobeyed the restriction orders would be arrested and prosecuted.

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