Tension In Akwa Ibom As Police Deploy 11,000 Officials For Election
No fewer than 11,000 Police officers have been deployed to the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom state to ensure hitch-free Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections.
Naija News learnt that the state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon confirmed the deployment to journalists on Friday, assuring that the officers were ready to ensure the exercise was conducted in a peaceful manner.
According to him, three Commissioner of Police and six deputy Commissioners of Police were deployed to the state to further beef up security.
Macdon noted that State Commissioner of Police, Olatoye Durunsimi has been deployed to Imo State for the polls.
He said: “When you are talking about the numbers of Police we are having on the field, we have deployed about 11,000. We have personnel coming from states that are not conducting elections. They are altogether three CPs and six Deputy CPs and assistants coming in. Our CP here has been sent to Imo State for the same purpose. We are ready to go”
Be Ready To Die Today
Meanwhile, the police have issued a stern warning to individuals and groups intending to disrupt the governorship election which will take place today in 28 States across Nigeria.
While the state assembly election will be held across the country today, 18th of March, 2023.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the South-East, John Amadi, issued the warning on Thursday in Umuahia, while addressing officers of the state command at the Police Officers’ Mess, Umuahia.
According to Amadi, anyone who plans to disrupt the electoral process should be ready to die.
He charged voters to cast their votes and return to their homes to wait for the result of the electoral process.