By Hassan Zaggi
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has assured that the Nigeria Police Force was adequately prepared for the Anambra 6 gubernatorial election, promising that the election will be free and fair and without any hitch.
Speaking at a meeting with top police officers from the rank of CP upward, in Abuja, Thursday, the IGP said that 34,587 personnel would be deployed for the election.
He further assured that the Force was fully prepared to deal and subdue all criminal elements, warning them to stay away from the election or be ready to face the heavy weight of the law.
He explained that after conducting Security Threat Analysis for the Anambra election, his management has developed a Strategic Election Security Operational plan to stabilize the prevailing security situation in the State.
The IGP disclosed that the 34,587 personnel to be deployed for the election comprised conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), INTERPOL, Special Protection Unit (SPU) as well as Police Medical Teams.
This, according to him, is to guarantee a hitch-free election. In addition, 3 Police helicopters will be deployed for aerial surveillance amongst other unique operational capabilities.
“Based on the outcome of the analysis, we have developed a strategic election security operation plan which will involve the mobilisation of 34,587 police personnel to the state.
“Let me use this opportunity to assure all citizens and stakeholders, including the International Community of our determination to work with other security agencies to stabilise the prevailing situation in Anambra State ahead of the election.
“The idea is to create a conducive and enabling environment that will guarantee peaceful conduct of the election, we are also committed to partnering with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within the dictates of the electoral act to deliver a credible election in Anambra State,” the IGP stressed.
The IGP Alkali, however, charged the Commissioners of Police in the 36 states and the FCT as well as the Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) of Police to return to their Commands and strengthen the security architecture therein especially as the year gradually winds down and the Yuletide season draws closer.
He also directed the Strategic Commanders to evolve proactive anti-crime approaches to enable the Force stay ahead against any anticipated security threats to the lives and property of the citizenry.