The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has deployed three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police to oversee security arrangements for Saturday’s governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this known at a media briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said the DIGs were Frank Mba (Imo), Habu Sani (Kogi) and Daniel Sokari-Pedro (Bayelsa).
Adejobi, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the deployment of the senior police officers was in line with the commitment of the force to ensure neutrality and enhance effective supervision of personnel deployed for the election.
He said it was targeted to add a layer of supervision to the security arrangements to guarantee that the election meets the highest standards of transparency and credibility.
The spokesperson for the police said the force had deployed adequate personnel and assets ahead of the election.
Adejobi said the I-G had ordered a restriction of vehicular movement on roads, waterways and other forms of transportation from 12:01am to 6pm on November 11 in the affected states.
He said: “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 the restriction of movement on the election day in the affected states was part of measures emplaced to ensure a safe, secure and conducive environment for the conduct of election.
Adejobi said it was also aimed at ensuring public order management, safety of the electorate as well as assisting the security agencies in effective policing.
“On that note, residents and travelers in the neighbouring states should note and plan their movements to avoid any untold hardship during the election period,” he said.
He said Egbetokun had warned security aides and escorts to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.
Adejobi said anyone found flouting the directive would be severely sanctioned.
He said only security personnel deployed for election duties were permitted to be within and around the designated election booths and centres.
According to him, the ban on the unauthorised use of sirens, revolving lights, covered number plates and tinted glasses is still in force.
He said violators would be sanctioned appropriately.
Adejobi said all state-established and owned security outfits/organisations, quasi-security units and privately-owned guard and security outfits were also barred from participating in election security management.