FATIMA Abdullahi Ahamed
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered a major overhaul of the security landscape in Anambra State ahead of the 6th November, 2021 Gubernatorial Elections in the State Amids IPOB Threaths.
The overhauling according to the Force Public Relation Officer, FPPRO, Force Headquarters, CP Frank Mba includes the deployment of selected seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above to the State for effective supervision of security personnel and operations during the Elections.
Five Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIGs, fourteen Commissioners of Police, CPs,Thirty One Deputy Commissioners Of Police, DCPs, fourty eight Assistant Commissioners of Police, ACP’s, and Others have been deployed as Strategic Commanders for the Anambra Elections
The IGP noted that Deputy Inspector General of Police DIG Joseph Egbunike has been deployed to Anambra State as the Coordinator of the security component for the Elections.
DIG Egbunike is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the Operation Order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment, to ensure peaceful environment devoid of violence and conducive atmosphere to guarantee law abiding citizens freedom to perform their civic responsibilities without molestation or intimidation.
DIG Egbunike will be assisted by the DIG in-charge of Operations, Acting DIG Zaki Ahmed.
The Senior Officers are to coordinate human and other operational deployments in the 3 Senatorial Districts, twenty-one (21) Local Government Areas and the 5720 polling units in Anambra State.
The IGP reassures the nation that the Force is adequately prepared for the Gubernatorial Elections in Anambra State November 6th, 2021.
He reiterates that the Force will do everything within its powers to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and all stakeholders to protect democratic values, provide level playing field for all political actors, ensure adequate protection of voters, INEC personnel and equipment, accredited observers and other key players in Anambra State.
The IGP calls on citizens in Anambra State to come out en masse and exercise their franchise as adequate security has been emplaced to protect them before, during and after the elections.