The Nigeria Police on Thursday deployed senior police officers to oversee governorship and state assembly elections in states considered as the likely flashpoints on Saturday.
Assistant Inspectors General of Police will supervise elections in 16 states, including Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Lagos States, and other potentially troubled spots, a statement from the force said Thursday.
Elections in four other states, including Ekiti, Anambra and Osun, will be overseen by Commissioners of Police.
In addition, a Commissioner of Police has been deployed to command each Senatorial Zones in Gombe, Bauchi, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Benue, Edo, Plateau and Sokoto states, the statement by police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said.
In Rivers State, the Special Units of the Nigeria Police Force have been deployed to address security concerns.
The units are the 32 Units of Police Mobile Force, 4 Units of Counter terrorism Units, 4 Units of Special Protection Units and six Crack Teams of Detectives from Force Criminal Investigation Department and complements of Intelligence officers.
The police had earlier deployed six Deputy Inspector Generals of police to the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria to coordinate election activities.
Opposition candidates in several states, including Akwa Ibom and Rivers, had demanded the redeployment of Commissioners of Police in their states, accusing them of colluding with the ruling parties to rig the March 28 presidential election.
Below is a list of the officers deployed and states deployed to:
|1||AIG||Usman Gwary||Abia State|
|2||AIG||Olufemi Adenaike||Kwara State|
|3||AIG||Mbu J. Mbu||Ogun State|
|4||AIG||Patrick Dokumor||Kaduna State|
|5||AIG||Tambari Muhammed||Jigawa State|
|6||AIG||Mohammed Abubakar||Gombe State|
|7||AIG||Ikemefuna Okoye||Oyo State|
|8||AIG||Tunde Ogunsakin||Rivers State|
|9||AIG||Jubril Adeniji||Bauchi State|
|10||AIG||Yerima Irimiya||Imo State|
|11||AIG||Adisa Bolanta||Akwa Ibom State|
|12||AIG||Lawal Tanko||Lagos State|
|13||AIG||Ballah Nasarawa||Benue State|
|14||AIG||Musa Daura||Edo State|
|15||AIG||Aderele Shinaba||Plateau State|
|16||AIG||Bala Hassan||Sokoto State|
|17||CP||Sam Okaula||Anambra State|
|18||CP||E.J Ibine||Ekiti State|
|19||CP||Adamu Mohammed||Enugu State|
|20||CP||Valentine Ntomchukwu||Osun State|