Police deploy DIG, AIG, over 5,000 officers for Bayelsa rerun

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has deployed a deputy inspector general of police, an assistant inspector general of police and three police commissioners for the gubernatorial election rerun in Bayelsa State on Saturday.

The IGP has also approved the deployment of no fewer than 5,000 officers for the poll.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Arase has deployed Hashimu Argungun, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, to supervise the rerun.

Musa Daura, an Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Benin, Leye Oyebade, Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, among others were also deployed for the poll.

She said plain clothes detectives, well-armed anti-riot policemen and other specialized officers have also been deployed to the state.

A source at the Force headquarters had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that the IGP was also deploying three commissioners of police, over 5, 000 officers, as well as plain-clothes detectives, surveillance helicopter for aerial patrol, gun boats, speed boats and personnel from the Mobile Police Unit.

Mr. Arase was also said to have ordered the restriction of movement between 6am to 6pm.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday, December 7, 2015 declared the governorship election in the state inconclusive, after it cancelled votes from Southern Ijaw LGA.

Southern Ijaw is mainly riverine and biggest local government area in the state.

However, the commission declared the results from seven out of eight local government areas of the state.

In it, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, polled 105,748 votes, while the All Progressives, APC, got 72,594.


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