Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State, 221 Police Officers and Men including the ADC and CSO have been attached to the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, for his personal and office protection.
CSP Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officer in a statement on Thursday gave the details as One (1) ADC (SPO), One (1) CSO (SPO), One (1) Unit Commander (SPO) from 45 PMF, One (1) Admin Officer (SPO) to administer the Police Personnel, 43 Personnel of Police Mobile Force (PMF) – from 29PMF & 54PMF, 62 Personnel of Police Mobile Force (PMF) – from 45PMF, 46 Personnel of Special Protection Unit (SPU), 66 Personnel of Conventional Police Men.
The Police Spokesman said the 22 Police personnel attached to Obiano is more than the strength of some Police Area Commands in some states of the country. This, he said was done to ensure optimum safety and protection of the Governor.
The police called on the People of Anambra State and the general public to disregard the media report which indicated that the ADC to the Governor of Anambra State was withdrawn.
The police also assured that the security arrangement it is currently implementing is aimed at ensuring a conducive atmosphere for a credible, free and fair election and will cover the protection of all the flag bearers of the 37 political parties participating in the election.
The Force said it will also ensure adequate protection of the electorate, INEC officials, election observers/monitors, electoral materials and the general populace before, during and after the election.
It also explained that the ADC and CSO to the Governor were not withdraw as widely speculated, adding: “On Tuesday, 14thNovember, 2017, the ADC and CSO to the Governor were called to the Police Command Headquarters in Awka to attend IGP’s lecture with all other Police personnel deployed for the election, which was also attended by the heads of other security and safety agencies participating in the security arrangement for the election under the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in the state. The ADC and CSO returned few hours later after the lecture, same date, to their duty posts at the Government House.”