The Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu has deployed 23 senior police to States where supplementary elections will be held on Saturday.

The senior police officers comprising five Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGs), three Assistant Inspector General (AIGs) and 15 Commissioners of Police (CPs) are to provide supervision, direction and support during the election in the affected states.

The Force also disclosed that 1,119 suspects were arrested for various electoral offences during the two previous elections conducted.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Thursday by the Force Spokesman, ACPFrank Mba.

On its preparation and details of deployment for the elections, the Police said: “In furtherance to his stated commitment towards ensuring hitch-free elections in the Country, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Mohammed Adamu has directed the Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and their respective Commissioners of Police in states where supplementary elections are taking place to ensure that adequate mechanisms are in place towards ensuring a safe and secure environment for the conduct of the elections.

“To further strengthen the security arrangements around the polls, the IGP has deployed five DIGs, three AIGs, 15 additional CPs to provide supervision, direction and support to the existing security structure already in place in those States.

“The DIGs are deployed as follows: DIG Usman Tilli Abubakar, – Adamawa State, DIG Yakubu Jubrin, – Benue State, DIG Frederick Taiwo Lakanu, – Plateau State, DIG Anthony Ogbizi Michael – Kano State and DIG Godwin C. Nwobodo – Bauchi State.”

Out of the fifteen additional CPs deployed, three each were deployed to Benue and Sokoto States, two each were deployed to Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano and Plateau States while Imo State got one.

While commending the officers for their sterling performances in previous elections, the IGP charged them to remain patriotic, steadfast, professional, neutral and civil, but firm, in their conducts and actions during the make-up elections.

He warned politicians not to undermine the electoral process by engaging in untoward practices such as snatching of ballot boxes, vote trading and violence of all kinds, stressing that violators would be made to face the full consequences of the law.

The IGP also enjoined the public to cooperate with security operatives.

On the number of suspects arrested for electoral offences, Mba said: “A total number of 796 suspects were arrested for various electoral offences across the nation. These latest arrests bring the total number of all the suspects arrested in the two last rounds of elections to 1,119.”

The IGP pledged wholesome investigation and diligent prosecution in concert with INEC.

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