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IGP Overhauls Security Landscape Ahead Of Anambra Polls

…Deploys DIG Joseph Egbunike As Coordinating DIG Election Duties

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered a significant makeover of Anambra State’s security environment ahead of the state’s gubernatorial elections on November 6, 2021.

According to the Force Spokesperson, CP Frank Mba, the overhauling includes the deployment of chosen seasoned Strategic Commanders from the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and above to Anambra State for efficient supervision of security personnel and operations during the elections.

The IGP stated that Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Joseph Egbunike has been assigned to Anambra State as the Coordinator of the Election Security Component.

DIG Egbunike is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Operation Order resulting from the Election Security Threat Assessment, in order to ensure a peaceful environment free of violence and conducive enough to allow law-abiding citizens to carry out their civic responsibilities without fear of harassment or intimidation.

The statement reads; “Egbunike will be assisted by the DIG in-charge of Operations, Acting DIG Zaki Ahmed. Other Strategic Commanders deployed to Anambra State include five Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs), fourteen 14 Commissioners of Police (CPs), thirty-one 31 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs) and forty-eight 48 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs).

“The Senior Officers are to coordinate human and other operational deployments in the three (3) Senatorial Districts, twenty-one 21 Local Government Areas and the 5720 polling units in Anambra State.”

The IGP reassured the nation that the Force is adequately prepared for the Gubernatorial Elections in Anambra State come November 6th, 2021.
He reiterated that the Force will do everything within its powers to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders to protect democratic values, provide level playing field for all political actors, ensure adequate protection of voters, INEC personnel and equipment, accredited observers and other key players in Anambra State.

This is as he called on citizens in Anambra State to come out en masse and exercise their franchise as adequate security has been emplaced to protect them before, during and after the elections

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