Police Tightens Up Security For Akwa Ibom LG Polls
In its bit to record a free and fair election, the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has deployed 15,000 security personnel to monitor the Local Government elections in the state on Saturday, 2nd December.
A statement made available to newsmen by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Elkana, said the number is made up of special units, those on plain cloth and the conventional policemen, adding that, two or three of the men would be attached to each polling unit across the 31 local government councils.
“Conventional police will not carry arms into the polling units, but those outside will carry arms in case of any unforeseen occurrence,” he said, and explained that particular attention would be paid to areas designated as flash points, stressing that more police presence would be seen in such areas as Etim Ekpo, Ukanafun and the likes.
The command would also have the services of policemen from neighbouring states to reinforce the number of security operatives that would help monitor the election.
The police spokesman further explained that the command so far has succeeded in the pre-elections arrangements as the state did not witness any ugly incidence during the primaries and campaigns.
“Politicians have been warned not to go into polling units with armed detail; the Nigerian Police Force will not allow anybody with arm to enter polling units.”
He called on parents to talk to their wards against being used as political thugs by politicians or going to the polling units with dangerous weapons as anybody arrested with such would be made to face the law accordingly.
“We will put on standby anti-riot policemen at strategic locations across the 31 local government councils to checkmate any form of problem that may occur during and after election as well as when the results must have been announced,” he said.