Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba to ensure that politicians are restricted to their polling units during the governorship election in the state.
Speaking during a state broadcast on Thursday in Port Harcourt, Wike said the state government filed the petition because there were plans by politicians to parade suspected thugs to disrupt the election.
“We have noticed that the Anti-Terrorism Unit of the State Police Command continues to provide VIP security services to politicians in defiance of the inspector general’s order to withdraw all police personnel attached to VIPs during the elections,” he said.
“We, therefore, request the Inspector-General of police to enforce his order by ensuring that all political leaders are restricted to their polling units and prevented from moving about with police escorts.
According to the governor, the people of Rivers State expect the security operatives to be professional throughout the election.
He also declared Friday as a public holiday to enable voters to travel to their communities ahead of the Saturday poll.