By Augustine Ehikioya
With the Anambra State Gubernatorial Elections fixed for 6th November, 2021 fast approaching, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered a major overhauling of the security landscape in the State for the elections.
The overhauling includes the deployment of selected seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above to Anambra State for effective supervision of security personnel and operations in the Elections.
A statement on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, CP Frank Mba, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), said the IGP disclosed that Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Joseph Egbunike has been deployed to Anambra State as “the Coordinator of the Security Component for the Elections.”
The statement added “DIG Egbunike is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the Operation Order evolved from the Election Security Threat Assessment, to ensure a peaceful environment devoid of violence and conducive enough to guarantee that law abiding citizens freely perform their civic responsibilities without molestation or intimidation.
“DIG Egbunike will be assisted by the DIG in-charge of Operations, Acting DIG Zaki Ahmed. Other Strategic Commanders deployed to Anambra State include five (5) Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), fourteen (14) Commissioners of Police (CPs), thirty-one (31) Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and forty-eight (48) Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs).
“The Senior Officers are to coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three (3) Senatorial Districts, twenty-one (21) Local Government Areas and the 5720 polling units in Anambra State.”
The IGP, the statement said, has reassured the Nation that the Force is adequately prepared for the Gubernatorial Elections in Anambra state.
He reiterated that the Force will do everything within its powers to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders to “protect democratic values, provide level playing field for all political actors, ensure adequate protection of voters, INEC personnel and equipment, accredited observers and other key players in Anambra State.”
The IGP also called on citizens in Anambra State to come out en masse and exercise their franchise as adequate security has been emplaced to protect them before, during and after the elections.