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Rivers rerun polls: Police to deploy 20,000 men, 20 gun boats, three helicopters

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, says no fewer than 20 000 men, three helicopters and 20 gunboats would be deployed  in Rivers State for the state and National Assembly rerun elections holding on Saturday.

Idris, who disclosed this, yesterday, said the police wanted  to  re-enact the  examples on peaceful conduct of elections in Edo and Ondo where governorship polls recently held.

“It is our responsibility to ensure a hitch free exercise and we would  do our best to ensure a violence- free rerun elections to re-enact the Edo and Ondo examples”, he said while addressing officers and man of Kano State Police Command during a  visit.

Cross session of Special Anti-robbery Squad Commanders after an interactive session  with Inspector General of Police,Ibrahim Idris in Abuja Thursday.  Photo by  Gbemiga Olamikan.

“We  are happy with what happened in both Edo and Ondo states. We will  be on ground with 20,000 men, three helicopters and 20 gunboats to ensure violence-free  rerun  elections”.

Idris however warned that the police would be at liberty to defend  themselves  in the event of  attacks.

“The police are your friends, they would be there for you to ensure safety of life and property. But I must warned however that we would not condon  attacks  on our men”.

He announced the withdrawal of Mobile Police to guard VIPs, adding that  a special protection unit would henceforth be deployed for civil purpose.

According to him, a  reform would be  implemented  to assist serving and retired police officers. He added: “A  special package to assist police widows is also  in the offing”.

 


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