By Desmond Ejibas
Rivers Police Command deployed as many as 17,500 people for Saturday’s local state elections.
Omoni said the deployment of personnel and equipment was aimed at preventing possible violence and ensuring a free, fair and transparent exercise.
He said: “The Rivers State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that adequate security has been put in place to ensure a peaceful exercise.
“To fully achieve the goal of council elections and generate a flawless exercise, the command deployed 17,500 people.
“The deployment will be complemented by deployments from other sister security agencies to maintain law and order before, during and after the elections.”
He said the restriction would start from midnight Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday.
According to him, the PC, which is chairman of the Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Electoral Security, also banned prominent figures and politicians from going to polling stations with their security details.
“The movement of personalities and politicians is only allowed from their homes to polling centers and vice versa, as provided for in the electoral law.
“In addition, all points of entry and exit of the state will be completely blocked until the end of the elections. No commercial activity will be allowed near the polling stations, ”Omoni said. (NOPE)
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