IGP Alkali Usman Baba deployed 34,587 Police Officers for Anambra State Governorship election on the 6th November.Adunni Adetola
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, on Thursday in Abuja said 34,587 operatives would be deployed to Anambra for the state’s governorship election on the 6th of Nov.
Baba made the declaration at a meeting with various states Commissioner of Police and above.
He said the deployment would consist of conventional police officers, Police Mobile Force, the Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Forces, Explosive Ordnance Unit, Force Intelligence Bureau, INTERPOL, Special Protection Unit and a medical team.
Speaking at a meeting with various state police commissioners, the IGP said three helicopters will also be deployed for surveillance during the poll in addition to animals and other equipment.
He also said police was collaborating with sister agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the conduct of a peaceful election in the state.
This is coming after the IGP charged officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force mobile team to be apolitical in their dealings at the election.
According to him, “I charge you to cultivate the spirit of team work and interagency cooperation, knowing that you will operate side-by-side other sister security agencies and officials of INEC.
“Above all, you must remain apolitical while being ruthless with violent elements and illguided political thugs that may wish to test our common will to deliver a transparent and credible electoral outcome. I am confident that like other operations in which you have excelled, you will not let the Nigeria Police and, indeed, the nation down in this critical national assignment.
“Let me re-emphasize that the repositioning of the Police Mobile Force, PMF, is one of my police leadership agenda. In this regard, the PMF under my leadership will in due course, be re-organized, adequately equipped, trained and re-oriented with the goal of re-situating it within its original concept.
According to him, the police have also emplaced adequate forward and reverse logistics arrangements for seamless operation in the state.