The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has said that all the state police commands would be involved in the security operations for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.
He explained that a directive would soon be issued for state commands to mobilize police personnel including special units, noting that there would be a massive Deployment for the election.
Addressing senior police officers and command commissioners during the monthly IG Conference on Wednesday in Abuja, Idris stated that the police had tamed the security challenge in the South-East occasioned by the agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra.
He explained that 17 police units were deployed to contain the challenge, adding that the force was ready to ensure a hitch-free election in Anambra State.
The IG said,”The major challenges we are having now are the election we would be having in Anambra state and one or two other states. We would meet with the Anambra state CP, we would sit down later to strategize on how we are going to conduct the election peacefully, it would involve all commands.
“We are going to send directives to all CPs for the mobilization of officers who are in the Special Unit and the conventional police who are going to cover the election.”
The police boss cautioned the CPs to check illegal deployment of anti-riot personnel and the Special Protection unit officers, noting that security details attached to undeserving persons should be withdrawn.
He said, “We should have absolute control on the usage of our policemen that were attached to VIPs all over the country; When you observe that mobile policemen are deployed illegally, I think it is your responsibility to halt such deployment. The deployment henceforth must conform to our regulations and Act.”
Idris expressed embarrassment over the abduction of a Divisional Police Officer in Niger State and admonished senior officers to utilize the personnel under them for protection.
“How can you be a DPO, you have all the policemen under your Command and then you start driving as if you don’t have anybody. You allow the useless kidnappers to pick you and your orderly, it is very embarrassing,” he said. punch