From Monday Ochuko – Asaba
Delta State Police Command says, the Deputy Inspector General of Police South-South zone, DIG Moses Jitoboh visited the Command yesterday Thursday 16th March, ahead of the March 18th, 2023 gubernatorial and house of assembly elections in the state.
The visit was aimed at boosting the moral of officers and men of the Command and also to assure residents in the state of the force readiness to ensure that the election is hitch-free and successful.
In a statement to The SUPREME by the spokesman of the Command, DSP Bright Edafe the DIG while addressing officers urged them to be apolitical as the police is not supposed to be partisan
. He also warned that any officer who fail to thoroughly supervise their personnel will be vicariously liable if any policeman attached to them is found in election fraud or malpractices.
DIG Jitoboh also noted that the Inspector General of Police Alkali Usman Baba, has ordered the distribution and deployment of additional equipments which includes riot gunners, tear gas and other anti-riot equipments and also two thousand (2000) police personnel on election duty and monitoring.
In another development, the Commissioner of Police election CP Mamman Sanda met with various political parties leaders at the state headquarters, where they signed a peace accord.
The CP in his remark noted that for us to have hitch-free elections and achieve the desired results, they were invited in line with security arrangements. The CP noted that with the support of the political parties, there will be no problem.
He solicited for their understanding owing to the fact that they are brothers and sisters and will remain so even after the election.
They assured the CP that they would cooperate with the police and do their best to ensure that the election is free of any rancor.
The Commissioner of Police has also ordered operation show of force across the eight area commands in synergy with other sister agencies, strict enforcement of restriction of vehicular movement on Election Day from the hours of 0000hours to 1800hours on March 18th, 2023.
The CP directed DPOS to arrest any vigilante or any non-state actor found meddling in the election process as they will not be playing any role whatsoever during the elections.
Edafe gave Control Room phone numbers as follows: 08036684974, 08125958005 & 0905387228
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