Kogi/Bayelsa elections, no one can hold us to ransom, Says DIG Ali

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Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Operation, DIG AbdulMajid Ali has said that the police have undertake a security threat assessment in both Kogi and Bayelsa States and have identified possible risk areas, geolocated trouble spots, and classified individuals and groups that could constitute security challenge to the process.

He mentioned that Kogi and Bayelsa States can not hold them to ransum, warning that they will not hesitate to identify, isolate and bring to deserved justice any person or group of persons that attempt to threaten the Democratic order in Kogi and Bayelsa states election.

DIG Ali who is in charge of Operations on Kogi and Bayelsa states elections sounded the warning on Thursday in Lokoja, Kogi state while addressing newsmen ahead of tomorrow Saturday Governorship election in both states.

He noted that the outcome of this intelligence-driven initiative guided the election deployment plans and informed their post-election security projections warning that they have had enough of electoral violence as Nigeria Police shall strive to guarantee a peaceful and secure space for all political parties and the citizens to freely exercise their electoral rights.

He mentioned that the Command will deployed a total of 66, 241 personnel on the election security operations in both Kogi and Bayelsa states whic shows that a total of 35,200 personnel will be deployed to Kogi state while a total of 31,041 personnel will also be deployed to Bayelsa states.

His words, “The police deployment shall involve the conventional police personnel who will be complemented by the special units including the Police Mobile Force, Special Protection Unit, Counterterrorism Unit, Special Forces, Intelligence Response Unit, Special tactical Squad, Mounted Troops and K9 Section, Airwing and the Marine detachment.

“There shall also be massive logistics mobilization to support the operations while complementary Forces shall be pooled from sister security agencies.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered the posting of very senior police officers including Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), AIGs, CPs, DCPs and ACPs to all senatorial districts and Local Government Areas within the two states to monitor security arrangements during the elections; and their telephone numbers have been made public to enable the citizens contact them if the needs arise.

“In addition, as part of actions directed at Policing the entry and exit points into Kogi and Bayelsa States from contiguous States shall be closed as from 12am (midnight) of 16th November to 4pm of 16th November, 2019.

“There shall also be restriction of movements within the two states as from 6am to 4pm of 16th November, 2019, with the exemption of those on election duties and essential services.

“Furthermore, the Inspector-General of Police has directed that with effect from Friday 15th November, 2019, all security aides attached to the Governors, their Deputies and all other public office holders, politicians and any other personality involved in the elections in the two States be withdrawn until the conclusion of the elections.

DIG Ali stressed that his message is loud and clear that in securing the law-abiding citizens during the elections, they shall not hesitate to deploy their potent assets to deal firmly and decisively with electoral deviants.

He also called on political actors and all citizens to assist the Police and other law enforcement agencies in sustaining the gains we have recorded as a nation in our democratic journey.

“It should always be remembered that politics is a game guided by rules and it behooves political actors and their supporters to play the game within the dictates of such rules.

“Personnel deployed on the election security operations have been charged to be civil, fair, and professional and rule of law-guided in the discharge of their duties. In so doing, however, they have been additionally instructed to be firm and decisive. On our part, therefore, we assure the electorates in Kogi and Bayelsa States and indeed, the nation and the international community of our firm commitment to a successful electoral exercise and our unwavering commitment to engaging international best practices in the discharge of our election security mandate,” he stated.




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