IGP Orders Imo, Kogi Police Commissioners to Ensure Hitch-free Re-run Elections

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By Dele Ogbodo and Maryann Abi in Abuja

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, on Friday directed the Commissioners of Police in Imo and Kogi States to ensure proper coordination of security operations and deployment of personnel to ensure hitch-free polls at the Senatorial and State Houses of Assembly re-run elections slated for today.

In a statement signed by the Force PRO, DCP Donald Awunah, in Abuja, he said  the Commissioners should provide adequate security for staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), election materials, the electorate and observers.

The statement said: “As part of the measures aimed at guaranteeing a hitch-free and credible electioneering process during the re-run elections, the Inspector-General of Police has graciously approved the deployment of additional Police mobile force personnel, counter terrorism units and conventional Policemen from States contiguous to Imo and Kogi States.”

Idris said the personel should be deployed to all identifiable flashpoints, vulnerable points and other strategic locations within the senatorial districts where the re-run elections will take place.