Ahead LG polls: Delta Police in marathon meeting with sister agencies, caution PDP, APC stalwarts against violence

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By Emma OBIAMIWE, Senior Investigator Correspondent Asaba/

*During the marathon meeting with CP Ali…

WITH the stage set for today’s local government elections in Delta State, the mainstate police Command has assured that all arrangements to ensure a violence free polls had been put in place. Earlier, the Commissioner of Police CP Muhammed Ari Ali held a marathon meeting with sister agencies including the Army, Navy, Air Force, DSS, NDLEA, NSCDC, FRSC and others on the need to collaborate with a view to ensuring a free and fair election as well as protect lives and property. The Police boss also addressed stalwarts of major polical parties, the PDP and APC in the state; cautioning against violence. A statement by the command’s PRO, DSP Bright Edafe made available to CrimeWorld magazine online said that the police were fully prepared to ensure a peaceful polls. The statement reads in full: “The Commissioner of Police Delta State CP Ari Muhammed Ali FCIA, Psc+ today 5/3/2021 had a joint security meeting with sister agencies which includes the NIGERIA ARMY, NSCDC, IMMIGRATION, ROAD SAFETY AND NDLEA, as well as DSIEC and the representatives of the two major political parties in the state ie PDP and APC.
In attendance was the chairman DSIEC, CP Mike Ogbodu (Rtd), and the other security agencies were duly represented, the PDP state organizing secretary Chief Sunday Onoriode represented the PDP while the APC state vice chairman Chief George Okafor represented the APC. The CP assured all present that all modalities has been put in place
to have a hitch free election, he said 8,292 Police men have been
deployed, special constabularies are to assist police while about
3,000 personnel from other sister agencies have all been deployed to various polling unit. The CP stated that, voters are to park their vehicles at least 300meters away from the polling unit, while also stressing that there will be a joint patrol team comprising of the Police, NSCDC, and the
Nigeria Army to patrol round the state in a bid to ensure that all
the government directives are strictly adhered to. He advised all
other security agencies to ensure that their men slated to be at
various polling unit are deployed today Friday 5/3/2021, so that they will be at their polling unit as early as 0800 hours on Election day. The DSIEC Chairman also informed the police and other agencies present
that student writing NECO exams should be allowed to move during the elections, as it is a national assignment, provided they present a valid means of identification. The Commissioner also advised the representative of both the PDP and APC to talk to their supporters, to ensure a hitch free election. In their response, they said they have warned their supporters, and noted that election is not do or die affair.”

*Representatives of the two Major parties with CP Ali after the meeting…

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