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Anambra Election: Police deploy 34,587 personnel, 3 Police helicopters, others, review security threat analysis

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba, on Thursday ordered the mobilisation and deployment of 34,587 of Police personnel, three Police Helicopters and other technical capabilities to Anambra State towards the provision of security for the November 6, 2021 Governorship election.

The other capabilities include the Police Airwing, the Force Marine and the Force Animal Branch and other operational assets.

According to a statement by Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba, the IGP announced the new measures “at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, during the 2nd Strategic Police Managers Conference for Senior Police Officers from the rank of Commissioner of Police and above.

“The IGP noted that the Force has conducted an Election Security Threat Analysis as part of preparations for the Elections and also developed a Strategic Election Security Operational plan to stabilize the prevailing security situation in Anambra State.

“These actions are aimed at creating a conducive and enabling environment that will guarantee the peaceful conduct of the elections.”

The Police boss explained that the 34,587 personnel comprise of the conventional Police officers, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Forces personnel, Explosives Ordinance Unit (EOD), Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), INTERPOL, Special Protection Unit (SPU) as well as Police Medical Teams.

According to the statement by Mba, the deployed personnel “will be on ground to guarantee a hitch-free election. In addition, three (3) Police helicopters will be deployed for aerial surveillance amongst other unique operational capabilities.  

“The IGP has equally charged the Commissioners of Police in the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation and the FCT as well as their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police to return to their Commands and strengthen the security architecture therein especially as the year gradually winds down and the Yuletide season draws closer.

“He also directed the Strategic Commanders to evolve proactive anti-crime approaches to enable the Force stay ahead against any anticipated security threats to the lives and property of the citizenry.

“The IGP called on citizens to continue to support the Police in their various localities, noting that a robust police operational asset would be delivered soon which will no doubt re-energize policing operations toward improving public safety and security in the country.

“He assured the nation that the various policing reforms being vigorously pursued by the Force leadership will avail citizens with a more professional, effective, proactive and accountable Police Force.”

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