From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Acting Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 6, AIG Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, has declared that the Nigerian police will be fair and impartial in providing security during the 2019 general elections in Rivers State.
Ogunjemilusi who assured the police committment in ensuring peaceful and violence free elections in the state, warn those planning to perpetrate violence in the state to stay clear of Rivers State or face the wrath of the law.
The AIG who spoke yesterday during his familiarization visit to the Rivers State Police headquarters on Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, said his visit was in line with the mandate of the Inspector General of Police, IGP, that the AIGs should have proper supervision of the commands under their zones to acertain the level of their performances and give advices where necessary.
He said: “As Nigerian Police, we are to maintain impartiality, provide free, fair, credible and violence free elections in 2019. We are to maintain law and order, provide security before, during and after elections.
“We are going to ensure peace, security and we will remain completely impartial in Rivers State during the 2019 elections. We will also ensure that those planning violence will be behind the bar even before the election start.”
However, the AIG uged stakeholders in the state to support the Commissioner of Police, Zaki Ahmed and the entire officers of the command in ensuring a safe and crime free state, adding that “we all must ensure that community policing works in the state for safety of life and property.”
Ogunjemilusi noted the synergy between the police and other sister security agencies in the state, urging the public to put more trust and support the police in the discharge of their duties.
Earlier in his address, CP Zaki Ahmed, lauded AIG Ogunjemilusi for the supervisory visit to his command
Ahmed who stated that Rivers State is an economic hub of the nation, mentioned, Kidnapping, armed robbery, political thuggery, cultism, car snatching etc as vices faced in the state which the command is also tackling.
The CP who thanked the IGP for sending 20 vehicles to the command to aid efficiency of their duty, said “Crime and criminality has drastically reduced in the state.”
Ahmed further seek the support of AIG Ogunjemilusi in ensuring that the 2019 general elections in Rivers is not described as violence but looses all fear and tense with the presence of police.