The police authorities have scaled up their preparation for the governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi States with the deployment of Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs), Ede Ayuba, Frank Mba, Habu Sani, and Daniel Sokari-Pedro to oversee the polls in the states.
Ayuba, who is the DIG in charge of Operations will coordinate the overall election security from the Force headquarters.
Mba will coordinate the election security in Imo State, Sokari-Pedro will superintend the poll in Bayelsa, and Sani has been mandated to ensure a hitch-free exercise in Kogi State.
Meanwhile, the IG has announced that there would be no vehicular movement as well as movement of canoes, ships, and other means of transportation via waterways in the three states starting from 12.01 am to 6 pm on Saturday.
Egbetokun, who said the decision was in line with measures put in place to ensure free, fair and credible elections, also barred quasi-security outfits from carrying out operations during the exercise.
Giving details of the election security operations, the force spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi stated that the authorities had also deployed three new CPs in the states.
Affirming that the three states had been fortified with different security equipment, including helicopters on aerial patrol, he further explained that both marine and gunboats have been deployed in riverine areas of the states.
Meanwhile, in a move to ensure water-tight security during the election, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has said that it will deploy 22,600 officers for the November 11 governorship polls in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states.
This was disclosed to newsmen yesterday by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Babawale Afolabi
According to Afolabi, the deployment by the NSCDC Commandant General, Ahmed Audi will provide “water-tight security for the electorate, officials, other stakeholders and non-sensitive materials before, during and after the exercise.