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Bayelsa Gets New CP Ahead Of Supplementary Gov Poll

Posted: Jan 8, 2016 at 10:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Police restricts movement

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

Barely two days to Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa State, a new Commissioner of Police, Peter Ogunyawo, has been deployed to the state police command.

Ogunyawo replaces  Nasiru Disi Oki who was deployed to the command in October last year.

Speculation had been rife in the state that Oki would be transferred from Bayelsa few days to the re-run poll.

Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed Ogunyawo’s assumption of office at the command headquarters in Yenagoa on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Police Command has announced the restriction of  movement of persons, motor vehicles and tricycles in the entire state from 6am to 6pm on Saturday when the supplementary state governorship election will be conducted in Southern Ijaw Local Government and 101 units.

This was contained in a statement on Thursday by the Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Asinim Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

Butswat said that security  agencies had  been ordered to also enforce the restriction of movement of boats fitted with 200 Horse Power engines and above, and all river craft activities in the state waterways from 7pm to 7am from Friday to Sunday 10  January, 2016.

According to him, the command had beefed up security with increased foot, vehicular, and waterways patrols as well as intensive aerial surveillance in all nooks and crannies of the state.

“All political parties and their contestants should desist from any act capable of disrupting the elections process. They  are advised to abide by the Peace  Accord they had earlier signed”, he warned.

Butswat said that the command was collaborating  with other security agencies  to create an enabling environment for the re-run poll.

“Very Important Personalities (VIPs) are advised to desist from using  security men to escort them to polling units on election date, as any violation to this order will not be tolerated.

“Any person or group of persons who violates this order will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

“Likewise, movement of persons, motor vehicles and tricycles will be restricted on the election date, in the entire state, from the hours of 6am to 6pm, only those on essential duties will be allowed to move”, he further warned.

The command also advised the electorate to come out and exercise their franchise by casting their votes for candidates of their choice.