The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon E. Arase, has deployed the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Department of Operations, DIG Sotonye L. Wakama, other special units of the force to Lokoja for effective monitoring of the November 21 gubernatorial polls.
Olabisi Kolawole, Police spokesperson said Wakama is to ensure adequate Police presence and coordination of all security operations for the election in all polling units and Collation Centres in the State.
Other special intervention units of the police drafted to Kogi include the Marine Police, Anti-Bomb, Counter Terrorism Unit, Police Mobile Force, Force Intelligence Unit and Mounted Troop to complement the conventional Police manpower deployed for the election.
Arase also has directed the AIG in charge of the Police Air Wing to deploy the Force’s helicopter for aerial patrol before, during and after the election on Saturday.
All the political parties have fielded candidates for the election but it is expected to be a contest between only the incumbent People’s Democratic Party’s Idris Wada and Abubakar Audu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kogi, a confluence state has always been a hotbed during election period, scaring away travelers that pass through the route that serves as connection between the southern and the Northern parts of the country.
The Police however assured Nigerian citizens, especially indigenes of Kogi State, of the readiness of its personnel and other relevant security agencies to provide effective security and ensure a smooth and orderly conduct of the Kogi Gubernatorial Election which comes up this weekend.
The IGP at a meeting with stakeholders and Police personnel warns all trouble-makers and anti-social elements to stay away from Kogi State throughout the period of the election as the Police will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person, no matter how highly placed in society, who flouts the law or causes a breach of the peace.
He ordered all Police officers assigned to election duties in Kogi State to ensure they work in line with the Police Code of Conduct and international best practices.
He also advised members of the public particularly politicians, gubernatorial candidates and other relevant stakeholders in the State to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies in the onerous but patriotic task of guaranteeing a hitch-free gubernatorial poll.