The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has deployed three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) to oversee security arrangements for Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja, said the DIGs included Frank Mba (Imo), Habu Sani (Kogi) and Daniel Sokari-Pedro ( Bayelsa).
Mr Adejobi said the deployment of the senior police officers was in line with the commitment of the force to ensure neutrality and enhance adequate supervision of personnel deployed for the election.
The spokesperson for the police said the force had deployed adequate personnel and assets ahead of the election.
Mr Adejobi said the IGP had ordered a restriction of vehicular movement on roads, waterways and other forms of transportation from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 11 in the affected states.
“Those on essential services such as INEC officials, accredited electoral observers, ambulances responding to medical emergencies, firefighters and others on election duty are exempted from the restriction,” he said.
He said the restriction of movement on election day in the affected states was part of measures placed to ensure a safe, secure and conducive environment for the conduct of the election.
Mr Adejobi said the IGP had warned security aides and escorts to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.
He said anyone found flouting the directive would be severely sanctioned.
Mr Adejobi said only security personnel deployed for election duties could be within and around the designated election booths and centres.