2019 PRESIDENTIAL & NASS ELECTIONS: DIG OGBIZI WARNS MISCREANTS TO STAY OFF POLLING CENTRES; ASSURES OF A SECURED PROCESS.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Intelligence, Anthony Ogbizi has warned those planning to disrupt the elections in the country to desist from the act or face the full weight of the law.
Addressing stakeholders in Abia state comprising other sister security agencies, the CAN, Muslim community, traditional rulers, political parties, civil society organisations and the press, the DIG sounded the note of warning clearly that the police with other security agencies have fine-tuned their response to all trouble makers during the elections.
He assured that the police on their part will act professionally, provide a level playing ground to ensure a peaceful process.
He said the 2019 general election is quite crucial because it is one that will determine the type of leaders people want, and therefore encouraged all the eligible citizens in the state to ensure they exercise their franchise.
He said’ “If you succumb to imaginary threats without voting, you are doing yourself a disservice, your votes can make the difference.”
According to the DIG who is now in charge of the South East for the sake of the elections, “Go out and cast your votes because every security arrangement is on ground for your safety, no stone will be left unturned to ensure votes will be cast in a secure atmosphere,” he added.
The commissioner of police in the state, Etim Okon, while explaining the level of preparedness of the command to the stakeholders, said the police have been shared into static and mobile policemen.
He said while the static policemen will be at the polling units un armed with other security agents from the NSCDC, Immigration, Prisons, NDLEA, Military etc, the mobile men policemen described as tactical team and armed to the teeth will be on patrol to respond to distress calls and reports.
He further explained that there would still be another set of static policemen who will be stationed strategically on the election days at the identified flash points for faster response should the need arise.
The CP also announced that the police escorts for people with political interests in the state have already been withdrawn.
There will not be less than 2 policemen attached to each polling unit with other security agents.
The meeting was also attended by the AIG zone 9, Wilson Inalegwu who equally corroborated the readiness of police to ensure a smooth, and rancour free election.
Meanwhile, INEC in Abia state seems to have fortified its facilities in the state especially the state headquarters in Umuahia with the heavy presence of security men guarding the entire area.