Police deploy 2016 men ahead of Delta’s Saturday by-election

The Commissioner of Police in Delta, Ari Ali, has deployed 2016 operatives for Saturday’s Isoko North Local Government Area Constituency by-election.

The police chief said this in a statement on Friday in Warri.

The by-election is for the vacant Delta House of Assembly seat following the death of Tim Owhefere.

Mr Owhefere died on January 27 at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, at 57. He was the Majority Leader in the Delta House of Assembly.

Mr Ali said the policemen would provide adequate security for the electorate and INEC officials.

He added that they would also be at all polling units and identified hot spots in the local government.

The police commissioner added that movement had been restricted around Isoko North effective from Friday, April 9, midnight until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

“Following the Isoko North Constituency by-election scheduled for Saturday, the CP has deployed 2016 personnel to provide security during the election.

“The CP assures residents of the command’s commitment to ensure adequate security for everyone throughout the voting period,” said the police.

The statement added, “Front runners in the by-election should please caution their supporters and foot soldiers to refrain from causing chaos as such will not be tolerated.

“No Police aide or security agent will be allowed to escort their principals or any important personality to polling unit or on any movement while the by-election lasts.

“Any security aide violating this directive will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.”

The statement quoted the police chief as assuring the electorate that the police personnel would be professional in discharging their assigned duties.

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