The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, said his command would deploy 4,700 police personnel for Saturday’s supplementary elections to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state.
He stated that the decision to deploy such large number of police personnel was to ensure a violence-free election.
In an interview on Friday, he added that the police would be assisted by the military and paramilitary officials.
According to him, both the polling units and collation centres would be heavily fortified against snatching of ballot boxes.
Ogunjemilusi said, “We have the information that some people will be out to foment trouble by bringing thugs from outside the state but we are also ready to curtail their activities.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party National Youth Vanguard, Kogi State Chapter, on Thursday raised the alarm over the heavy deployment of naval personnel to the state to monitor the supplementary elections on Saturday in six state assembly constituencies and one federal constituency (Dekina/Bassa) – in the state.
The Publicity Secretary of the PDP Youth group, Mr. Tashilani Maximilian, during a media briefing in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, alleged that plain-clothed naval personnel were deployed by the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Jibrin Usman, on a mission to intimidate and harass voters during the re-run, especially in Dekina/Bassa federal constituency.
Maximilian, who came with some members during the press conference, said PDP was never against the decision of the serving Naval Chief to join active politics.
He called on President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the matter to save the state from denigrating into a crisis that could lead to a breach of peace during and after the re-scheduled polls.
He also threatened that the group would go on a peaceful protest to the military barracks in Lokoja to register their displeasure against the military chief.