By Ovie Okpare
The Delta State Police Command has deployed 8,292 officers for this Saturday’s local government elections hold in the 25 council areas of Delta.
It, however, warned that the command will deal decisively with troublemakers during the exercise.
A statement signed by the acting State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, said the State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ali, has warned officers deployed for the exercise to remain professional as anyone found wanting will be arrested and prosecuted.
The statement assured that the police will provide adequate security for residents and electorate all through the period of the exercise.
“Following the forthcoming Local Government Election to be held in the state on the 6/3/2021 in the 25 Local Government Council Area, the CP Ari Muhammed Ali, FCIA, Psc+ assures all residents that the Delta State Police Command is committed to ensuring the security of everyone in the state by deployment of its officers to all the polling units and also some speculated hot spots to maintain peace and calm all through the electioneering process.
“Meanwhile, the CP remains resolute to ensuring the sanctity of the electoral process and as such assures the public that all electoral materials and officials engaged in this election are secured.
“This is an appeal from the Commissioner of Police to front runners in this Local Government 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 elections last, noting that any security aid violating this directive will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Meanwhile, the CP has reiterated that Police personnel deployed for the elections will be professional in carrying out their designated duties as assigned. I wish us all a safe voting exercise”, the statement added.