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We saturated Bayelsa with security agents to avert another Nembe killing, say police


The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Bayelsa elections, Anthony Ogbizi, has described the Nembe incident where a mobile police officer was killed and two others critically injured as unfortunate, saying such won’t happen again.

Speaking with The Guardian at the Bayelsa Police Command Headquarters, Yenagoa, the DIG said the police have put adequate measures in place to forestall a reoccurrence.

“What happened in Nembe is unfortunate because these are police officers on their primary assignment of ensuring that the election is conducted in a free and fair environment, and they were attacked by militants but that is a statement we have taken care of and justice will be done,” he noted.

He said the police and other security agencies have put in place a formidable security plan to ensure a hitch-free election.

He wondered why Ijaws were killing themselves because of elections saying: “Whoever wins is still an Ijaw, is still a Bayelsan. So, why are they taking up arms against themselves? And why are they taking up arms against police officers who are here to do their work?  But notwithstanding, you can see the massive deployment that is going on and is complete. We saturated every area with security agents to ensure that the enabling environment is provided.”

Ogbizi gave the assurance that the electorate would be secure to cast their votes, adding that they should not be afraid but come out and perform their civic duty.

He advised voters to go back to their respective homes after casting their votes and wait for the outcome of the election. 


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