Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, says no fewer than 20 000 men, three helicopters and 20 gunboats would be deployed in Rivers State for the state and National Assembly rerun elections holding on Saturday
Idris, who disclosed this, yesterday, said the police wanted to repeat the feat achieved during Edo and Ondo elections where the exercises were conducted peacefully.
“It is our responsibility to ensure a hitch free exercise and we would do our best to ensure a violence- free rerun elections to re-enact the Edo and Ondo examples”, he said while addressing officers and man of Kano State Police Command during a visit.
“We are happy with what happened in both Edo and Ondo states. We will be on ground with 20,000 men, three helicopters and 20 gunboats to ensure violence-free rerun elections.”
Idris however warned that the police would be at liberty to defend themselves in the event of attacks.
“The police are your friends, they would be there for you to ensure safety of life and property. But I must warned however that we would not condone attacks on our men,” the Police chief said.