The spokesperson for the state police command, Henry Okoye, in Owerri on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with newsmen made it known that Fifteen Commissioners of Police, 29 Deputy Commissioners of Police, and 40 Assistant Commissioners of Police have been deployed to oversee this forthcoming governorship election on Saturday in Imo State.
He also said that the police were ready for the Saturday poll and the Deputy Inspector General of Police will oversee the election and would be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police to ensure police neutrality in the election.
In addition, Okoye said that Muhammed Barde, the state Commissioner of Police, had been redeployed to the force headquarters by the Inspector General of Police while 36 units of Mobile police personnel were deployed to the state for the Saturday election to maintain peace and order before, during and after the election.
Okoye said, “We are ready for the Imo state Governorship election to be held this weekend. We will maintain the highest sense of neutrality in the election. We want to deepen our democracy by assisting to ensure that the Imo state Governorship election is free, fair, credible, and devoid of violence.
“15 Commissioners of Police, 29 Deputy Commissioners of Police, and 40 Assistant Commissioners of Police have been deployed from the Force Headquarters to Imo State for this election. 36 Units of Mobile Policemen have also been deployed from Abuja to Imo state for the purpose of this election.
“They will be assisting our own Mobile Policemen here in maintaining peace and order. A Deputy Inspector General of Police will be in charge of this election and will be assisted by an Assistant Inspector General of Police in surprising this election.
“The 40 Assistant Commissioners of Police will man each division in the state. The Current Divisional Officers will not be in charge of their Divisions.
“The Assistant Commissioners of Police will be in charge. We are doing this to maintain the highest sense of neutrality. We must help to deepen our democracy. It is our constitutional responsibility. We want the votes of the Imo people to count. We will not allow anybody to hijack the electoral process. We are ready for this election.”