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Saturday polls: IGP deploys three CPs in Benue

Posted: Apr 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Tor Vande-Acka, Makurdi
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abbas, has deployed three Commissioners of Police (CPs) to Benue State to assist in providing security in the governorship and houses of assembly elections in the state.
The three CPs are Ozi Obeh, Aminchi Baraya and Jubril Yakubu who are expected to cover Benue North West,  Benue North East, and Benue South respectively.
The state Governor, Gabriel Suswam, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen after the State Security Council meeting at Government House, Makurdi, on Friday, said the CPs would be working under the leadership of Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Bala Nasarawa.
Suswam said he requested for additional security personnel in the state due to the speculations that the Saturday polls would be marred  by violence.
He further explained that the Army, Navy, Air Force, Immigration as well as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) would still be involved in ensuring that peace is maintained in the state.
The governor said certain decisions were also taken of which the security personnel would ensure that they are strictly adhered to so that no one would engage in violence.
Suswam said the tension in the state was heightened by the desperation of some individuals to win elections by all means.
He said all the measures put in place were aimed at  free, fair and violence-free governorship and houses of assembly elections in the state.
Spokesperson for the CPs, Ozi Obeh, said one of the decisions taken was that there would be total restriction of movement of voters, adding that even candidates and other party officials would be restricted to their polling booths.
He further explained that “no siren or vehicles in convoy will be allowed to move around” and “anyone with firearms will be arrested on the spot and taken away.”
Obeh warned what happened during the last elections where the INEC offices in Logo and Konshisha Local Government Areas (LGAs) were burnt “will not be tolerated.”
He appealed to the electorate to go about their civic responsibility without fear of molestation, adding that “security comes from God, but we have also done our part.”