Kogi/Bayelsa elections: IGP orders withdrawal of security aides from politicians

Kogi/Bayelsa elections: IGP orders withdrawal of security aides from politicians

- The police have withdrawn officers from public office holders, politicians and other personalities in Kogi and Bayelsa

- According to the police, those who are affected are people who will be involved in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections

- Going further, the police said the officers would remain withdrawn from the affected people until after the election

All security aides attached to governors, their deputies, public office holders, politicians and other personalities involved in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states have been withdrawn by the Inspector General of Police.

The security aides are effectively withdrawn with effect from Friday, November 15.

This was disclosed by Abdulmajid Ali, the DIG of police in charge of operations at the force headquarters.

According to him, the security aides would remain withdrawn from the affected political actors and public office holders until after the election, Daily Trust reports.

Going further, he said that police have made adequate deployments to guarantee the safety of people and the conduct of the elections in the two states.

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He said 66,241 personnel have been deployed to Bayelsa and Kogi to handle election security in the two states.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council in Kogi kicked against the deployment of some police officers to the state for the Saturday, November 16 governorship election.

The council specifically kicked against the deployment of CSP Usman Shugaba to coordinate the deployment of some personnel.

Shugaba is a former Aide De Camp to Governor Yahaya Bello and the PDP says his neutrality is in doubt.

The council's spokesman, Comrade Austin Okai, in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, November 13 stated that CSP Shugaba was involved in questionable dealings that led to a series of violent attacks on opposition party supporters in previous elections in the state.

Comrade Okai cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to compromise the election in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by allowing the deployment of CSP Shigaba.

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