The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali has announced a 24 hours restriction of movement in Anambra State, begining from Friday, 11:59pm.
Deputy Inspector General in charge of operations, Mr Zaki Ahmed who is the leader of the operations announced this to journalists, while unveiling the activities of police operatives posted for the Anambra governorship election.
Ahmed said: “I assure you that the police will be professional in carrying out its duty throughout the election, and will maintain neutrality and a level playing ground for all the political parties.
“Adequate security is provided and you have seen the level of manpower in the state, and we are working in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure peace in the state. We are protecting everyone and ensuring that all parties will be protected equally.
“We have created intervention spots and they will respond to any distress call. This is a national assignment and we should work hand in hand to ensure peaceful election.
“The restriction of movement is for 24 hours and begins on Friday 11:59. All the hotels in Awka are very well covered and fully armed men are there. We have men on all the streets of Awka and we are well protected.”
Ahmed said the number of police operatives posted for the election is highest Nigeria has ever witnessed, and that he is assured of security.
Speaking on the welfare of policemen posted for the election, Ahmed it is the first time police men are getting their allowances ahead of time, and that they are in the right frame of mind to perform.
He said: “We have cautioned our men over human rights abuses, and they are sure to behave themselves.”