Not less than 5,000 policemen are to provide security in Bayelsa State this weekend during the concluding part of the governorship election.
A deputy inspector-general of police and three commissioners have also been deployed in the state for effective operation.
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, instructed that the zonal assistant inspector-general of police should ensure strict respect for the rule of law and human rights, as the poll, which is holding in seven local government areas of the state, would be supervised by policemen drawn from the neighbouring states.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, yesterday in Abuja said adequate measures were being taken to ensure tight security around the area. According to her, two helicopters would provide the needed aerial cover, while four gunboats would be patrolling the waterways, among other security facilities, to be deployed to ensure a hitch-free election.
Kolawole explained that none of the personnel in Bayelsa Police Command would participate in the poll, as they would all be redeployed to other area councils where election will not hold. She stated that four policemen would man each police unit, two of them would be armed to ensure security of voters, election officials and materials.
“The police have deployed the necessary personnel, materials and equipment to ensure that the election is peaceful.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday alleged plot by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to cause a breakdown of law and order in the oil-rich state.
The party, in a statement by its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, claimed that the party was aware of the PDP’s ploy to intimidate eligible voters, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security operatives deployed to ensure peaceful, free and credible supplementary elections in Southern Ijaw Council of the state.