Akwa Ibom rerun polls: Police plan massive deployment of personnel

The Nigeria Police Force, Akwa Ibom State Command said there would be massive deployment of personnel to ensure hitch-free rerun elections in Essien Udim Local Government Area on January 25.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Nnadam Fredrick, made this known in a statement in Uyo on Thursday.
Fredrick said the command under the leadership of CP Imohinmi Edgal, was ready to provide adequate security before, during and after the Saturday rerun elections.
He said: “The Akwa Ibom State Police Command is poised to provide adequate security for the elections that will hold on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
“Consequently, there will be massive deployment of human and material resources to the affected areas.
“Security will be provided before, during and after the exercise to ensure hitch-free processes.”
The police spokesman said the commissioner had been working in collaboration with heads of other security agencies in the state to ensure success in the forthcoming rerun elections.
He said: “Besides, the commissioner has collaborated with other sister security agencies to complement the available security personnel.”
He urged electorate in Essien Udim Local Government Area to come out en masse and exercise their franchise.
The police warned trouble makers to stay clear of the election areas, stressing that any person or group of persons caught would be dealt with accordingly.
He said: “The police is on top of the situation. Therefore, we urge the electorate to go out en masse on the election day and exercise their franchise.
“Any attempt by any person or group of persons to cause trouble shall be dealt with in line with extant laws of the land.”
The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar had directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct rerun elections into the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Essien Udim Federal Constituency and Essien Udim State Constituency.