Over 3,066 police personnel have been deployed to strategic areas in Rivers State in readiness for supplementary elections taking place in some parts of the state today (Saturday).
This was revealed via a statement issued on Friday in the state capital of Port Harcourt by DSP Nmandi Omoni, Sposkesman for the Rivers State Police Command.
DSP Omoni also informed that the police and sister security agencies were ready to provide adequate security to ensure hitch-free polls in the areas where the electorate will cast their votes.
“The Command has deployed a total of 3,066 personnel to be complemented by other sister security agencies to provide security and maintenance of law and order in the affected LGAs.
“This was done to realise the full objectives of the supplementary election as well as engender a seamless exercise,” he said.
Omoni who warned that any individual or group seen undermining the electoral process would be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the Electoral Act also said that restriction of movement in the affected local government areas would begin at 11:59 a.m. on Friday and end 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“Politicians are barred from going to the polling units with security details. This will not be tolerated.
“The police and other security agencies will be on patrol to ensure strict compliance to this order and possibly make arrest of election violators,” he added.