By Adetokunbo Fakeye
Nigeria - The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, CFR, has reiterated that there will be a better and improved security arrangement for the Saturday 18th March, 2023 Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly to be held in the respective states of the Federation with the exception of the Federal Capital Territory as Deputy Inspectors-General of Police have been deployed to the six Geo-Political Zones to oversee the election security management ahead of the 18th March elections.
The DIGs who represent each of the country’s Geo-Political zones at the Force Management level, as stated by the Force spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi have been deployed to superintend over the security emplacements in their respective zones so as to ensure that security is watertight and electorates enjoy an atmosphere devoid of harassment, intimidation and threats.
"They include DIG Moses Jitoboh, mni (South-South 08064950806); DIG John Amadi, mni (South-East 07038342417); DIG Ali Janga, mni (North-East 08030747724); DIG Hafiz Inuwa, mni (North-West 08181255950); and DIG Adeleke Adeyinka, mni (North Central 08033440189/08032875937) who doubles as the DIG Operations supervising the elections from the Force Headquarters.
"The IGP has charged the DIGs, who are being assisted by Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) at the States and Senatorial Districts and other Senior Officers at Local Government Areas, to adopt both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches towards delivering a more secured and credible electoral process in their respective zones.
"Additionally, the Inspector-General of Police urges all citizens to exercise their right to vote without resorting to violence or intimidation while obeying the law and respecting the rights of others.
"The IGP also calls on political parties to ensure that their activities are conducted in a peaceful and respectful manner", Adejobi stated.