Bayelsa Rerun: IGP orders restriction of movement in affected LGAs, deploys DIG, AIG


The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase has ordered restriction of movement at the seven local government areas in the bid to ensure adequate security for the forthcoming re-run gubernatorial elections scheduled for Saturday January 9.
He however reassured of adequate security logistics and manpower to achieve a most conducive electioneering atmosphere.
The IGP has also deployed a Deputy Inspector-General of Police to supervise security arrangements. He will be assisted by one Assistant Inspector-General of Police and three Commissioners of Police. Over 5000 conventional Policemen have also been deployed for the election duty.
Part of the strategies is the extensive security operations in the State, including the deployment of plain cloth detectives and surveillance helicopters for aerial patrols.
While gunboats and speed boats will complement the Police Marine Unit to convey security personnel and election materials to riverine communities, armed personnel from Police Mobile Force, Special Protection Unit as well as Counter Terrorism Unit of the Force are already on ground to support the ongoing security operations in the State.
While an order banning movements in and out of the LGAs with effect from 6am to 6pm on election date is in force, persons on essential duties such as Ambulance service providers, INEC officials, on-duty, security men, accredited election monitors/observers, accredited journalists, etc are not affected by this order.
The police authority further enjoined eligible voters to come out enmasse to exercise their civic right, as the Police assisted by other security agencies, have mapped out plans to ensure that persons who are out to cast their votes, do so without fear of molestation from any quarter.  They are advised to shun violence and all forms of thuggery, as the full weight of the law will take its course on anyone apprehended.

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