By Onome Oghenetega
The Delta State Police Command says it has deployed 2016 policemen to provide security for tomorrow’s by-election to fill the vacant seat for Isoko North Constituency into the Delta State House of Assembly.
It, however, warned troublemakers to steer clear from the election as it promised to deal decisively with anyone with intent to cause chaos during the exercise holding in polling units and wards from Isoko North Local Government Area of the state.
The Isoko North Constituency seat became vacant following the demise of then Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly, Tim Owhefere, who died January 27th, 2021.
The Delta Police Commissioner, Ari Muhammed Ali, in a statement on Friday, cautioned political actors in the area to advice their supporters to play by the rules of the games.
The statement signed by acting spokesperson of the command, DSP Bright Edafe, read, “Following the Isoko north constituency bye election that is set to take place on 10th April 2021, the Commissioner of police Delta State, Ari Muhammed Ali, FCIA, PSC+ has deployed two thousand and sixteen personnel to provide security during the election, which will be held in Isoko north Local Government Council Area.
“The CP assures all residents that the Delta State Police Command is committed to ensuring the security of everyone in the local government by deployment of its officers to all the polling units and also some speculated hot spots in Isoko North Local government area to maintain peace and calm all through the electioneering process.
“The Commissioner of police is also appealing to front runners in this Local Government bye election to please caution all their supporters and foot soldiers to restrain themselves from causing chaos as such will not be tolerated.
“He also warned that no Police aid or security agent will be allowed to escort their principals or any important personality (VIPs) to polling unit or on any movement while the bye election last, noting that any security aid violating this directive will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.”
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The statement, however, while urging electorate to be assured of adequate security, warned security agents deployed for the exercise to be professional in the discharge of their duties before, during and after the exercise.
“More so, there will be restriction of movement around Isoko north local government area from Friday 9th April 2021 by 0000hours to Saturday 10th April 2021 by 1600hours.
“Meanwhile, the CP has reiterated that Police personnel deployed for the elections will be professional in carrying out their designated duties as assigned. The commissioner of police delta state is wishing all a safe voting exercise”, it added.