The Nigeria Police Force has announced that at least 14,000 of its personnel will be deployed in Bayelsa State during the December 5 governorship election.
This disclosure was made known by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, on Tuesday while briefing officers and men at the State Police Command in Yenagoa, the state capital ahead of the poll.
The police chief expressed the readiness of the police in providing adequate security, before, during and after the poll.
The IGP said, “We are very ready for the Bayelsa election. We did a similar thing two weeks ago in Kogi State and we have decided to replicate it again here in Bayelsa.
“We are going to be deploying approximately 14,000 officers and men in all the eight local government areas. We are going to dominate the security space, we are going to have aerial surveillance.
“We are going to lock down the waterways. A DIG is supposed to come and supervise the election here with three additional commissioners and about 15 units of police mobile force. So, we are very ready.”
Meanwhile, reports that former President Goodluck Jonathan escaped death in an attack in Bayelsa State have been described as false by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Butswat Asinim.
Similarly, Lt.Col Isa Ado, the spokesman of Operation Pulo Shield, a joint military operation deployed to the Niger Delta to protect oil facilities, dismissed the reports.