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Anambra Guber: Police promise to be civil, firm during poll



Anambra Guber: Police promise to be civil, firm during poll

The Anambra Police Command has vowed to create an enabling environment in the state for a smooth governorship on November 6.

Police commissioner Mr. Echeng Echeng made the pledge during a press briefing Thursday in Awka. He assured that the agents of the force would treat the residents with civility.

Echeng, however, warned that the police would be steadfast and decisive in dealing with the troublemakers.

He said the command would begin a show of force on Friday to restore public confidence.

He said residents of the state had nothing to fear when it came to voting on election day.

The police chief said he had done enough groundwork, working with sister security agencies, to shift the relative peace the state currently enjoys.

“It is exactly eight days before the very important election of Governor of Anambra. We all have our roles to play.

“As soon as I took office, we embarked on threat analysis and intelligence gathering through strategic personnel deployment.

“We have also initiated strategic engagement with sister security agencies, including the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and state watch groups.

“On the election, I assure you of tight security and round-the-clock policing to ensure that no security breaches of any kind occur.

“Our deployment is functional and focused, all aimed at ensuring security before, during and after the election.

“The media, as critical stakeholders, are encouraged to communicate effectively about incidents as they unfold.

“From tomorrow you will see us in the streets.

“We will dominate the space and this is to assure citizens that they are safe to come and vote without fear.

“We will be courteous to them, but to the troublemakers, we will be steadfast and decisive towards anyone who comes out to disturb people in carrying out their civic duties,” Echeng said.

He congratulated the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Usman Baba, for providing the logistics, including the massive deployment of men and machines, necessary for the efficient execution of the task.

“The assets have been deployed.

“He has a psychological attachment to this exercise and whatever we asked for, he provided us including a helicopter, gunboats and enough vehicles for an effective patrol,” Echeng said.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the IGP deployed 34,000 people to provide security for the election. (www.)

Source: NAN

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