Ahead of the December 5 Governorship poll in Bayelsa State, security operatives are to collaborate with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to ensure a free, fair, credible and peaceful election.
The new Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Nasiru Oki gave the indication, while briefing Government House correspondents shortly after the 33rd Security Council meeting presided over by Governor Seriake Dickson in Government House, Yenagoa.
Mr. Oki, who said officers and men of the Police Force were adequately prepared and ready for the elections noted that, the Inspector General of Police has assured them of the provision of adequate personnel and logistics to ensure a hitch-free election.
The Commissioner of Police explained that in line with the policy thrust of the Inspector General of Police, the command would mobilize members of the public to participate in community policing towards securing their areas.
His words: “One of the policy thrust of the Inspector General of police is the participation of the community people in the securing their areas so we are going to mobilize members of the public to participate in community policing. The strategy is already on the ground. We have already done our operational orders as regards who should do what, when to do what and we will work in conjunction with INEC officials.”
On combating crime, Mr. Oki said, the command has mapped out strategies to be adopted in ridding the state of criminals and advised those who are bent on fomenting trouble to have a change of heart, as any culprit would be dealt with decisively.
Also contributing, the Commander, Joint Task Force, Operation Pulo Shield, Maj. Gen. Alani Okunlola said the Security Council meeting deliberated on the emerging threat to lives and property and identified areas, where they need to beef up security, to make the state safe
Speaking earlier at the meeting, Governor Seriake Dickson said his administration would work closely with the security agencies towards maintaining law and order, stressing that, acts capable of undermining the security and sovereignty of the state and country would not be condoned.
Condemning recent protests by youths in some parts of the country, Governor Dickson, urged other ethnic nationalities residing in Bayelsa to remain law abiding and conduct themselves peacefully, particularly as the governorship election approaches.
The Governor, who solicited the cooperation of members of the Security Council, especially the new security officers recently posted to the state, enjoined them to bring their wealth of experience to improve upon the existing peace and stability.