The Police say they had strengthened security in the state towards ensuring a hitch-free governorship election this Saturday.
The Police in Bayelsa said yesterday they had strengthened security in the state towards ensuring a hitch-free Dec. 5 governorship election.
This is coming just as the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, is scheduled to pay a visit to the state on Tuesday.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa Command, ASP Asinim Butwat, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that Arase is expected to address policemen deployed to ensure security during the election.
“The Inspector General of Police, Mr Soloman Arase, is expected in Bayelsa on Tuesday to address officers and men deployed for election duty,” the PPRO said.
NAN reports that other security agencies are deploying men and equipment from neighbouring states to bolster security ahead of the election.
Scores of Armoured Personnel Carriers were seen moving into Yenagoa, the state capital on Saturday and Sunday morning.
The state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki, had told NAN that some 9,000 policemen would be deployed for the governorship election. Meanwhile, Operation Pulo Shield, the joint military operation deployed to the Niger Delta to secure oil installations, has said that it will be on stand-by to assist the police and other security agencies in providing security during the election.