The Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, Mr Ari Ali, has issued a stern warning to the electorate ahead of the by-election in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state.
While appealing to front runners in the LGA by-election to please caution their supporters and foot soldiers to restrain themselves from causing chaos, Ali assured all residents that the command is committed to ensuring the security of everyone during the poll.
The police boss, however, ordered the restriction of movements from midnight on Friday until 4:00 pm on Saturday, noting that the aim is to ensure the safety of lives of the people, maintaining peace throughout the electioneering process.
Naija News reports that the police directive and caution was contained in the statement made available to newsmen in Warri, by the acting spokesman of the command, DSP Bright Edafe.
According to Edafe, the restriction of movements would enable the achievement of a hitch-free by-election into the Isoko South Constituency One scheduled for Sept. 11.
The state police mouthpiece further confirmed that the CP has ordered massive deployment of officers and men to all the polling units and also some speculated hot spots in the local government area.
The statement read partly: “The CP assures all residents that the command is committed to ensuring the security of everyone during the poll.
“There will be restriction of movement within Isoko South Local Government Area from Sept. 10, 2021, by 0000 hours till Sept. 11, 2021, by 1600 hours.
“The CP also appeals to front runners in this Local Government by-election to please caution their supporters and foot soldiers to restrain themselves from causing chaos as such will not be tolerated,” the statement added.
Edafe added that no Police aide or security agent would be allowed to escort their principals or any important personality to polling units or on any movement while the by-election lasted.
“Any security aid violating this directive will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law,” the statement warned.
The CP, however, assured that the Police personnel deployed for the exercise would be professional in the discharge of their designated duties.
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Anambra election, Valentine Ozigbo, has promised to work for the people of the state.
Ozigbo made the promise on Thursday in Abuja during the inauguration of the party’s campaign council for the November 6 governorship election, Naija News reports.