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Bayelsa: IGP Confirms 14,000 Police Will Be Deployed For Saturday Poll

By Collins Amadi

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has confirmed it will deploy not less than 14,000 officers to maintain law and order during Saturday, December 5, 2015 Bayelsa Governorship Election.

Inspector General Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase made the confirmation Tuesday in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, while addressing officers of the South South State Police Command.

Arase affirmed the readiness of the Police in providing adequate security, while the decisive poll lasts in the eight local Government areas of the State.

The IGP recalled that just as it was done in Kogi State about two weeks ago, assured that the Police officers were going to dominate the security space, adding that his men would also carry out aerial surveillance.

“We are going to lock down the waterways. A DIG is supposed to come and supervise the election here with three additional commissioners and about 15 units of police mobile force. So, we are very ready,” the Nigerian Police boss said.

With regards to allegation of some politicians planning to make fake Police uniform and provide them for hoodlums to rig election, Mr. Arase assured that such move would not work and the Police would make it impossible.

Arase however cautioned the Law enforcement officers, in particular to guide against being used by the parties’ stalwarts and politicians for non-professional conducts.

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