Elections: Private Security Won’t Be Involved –Baba Usman

BY ANDY AKENI
AS a measure to ensure better security during the 2015 general elections, Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Alkali Baba Usman, said the use of quasi security outfits like vigilante, private security companies and thugs will not be allowed to handle security concerns during the elections in the state.
He warned security agents not to interfere with any process of the elections as their duty is strictly to provide security, adding that anyone who may go against the order will face severe sanctions.
The police boss disclosed this during the meeting of the Inter- Agency Consultative Forum on Election Security, held at Police Officers’ Mess, Okwe Asaba.
According to CP Usman ,“I wish to assure all political parties and contestants that the police and other agencies are able and prepared to provide the required security before, during and after the elections in Delta State, the use of quasi security outfits will not be allowed”.
While calling on the co-chairman of the Forum and Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state to enlighten the gathering on the preparation of INEC for the forthcoming polls, he made it clear that security agents are not allowed to interfere in the process of accreditation, voting counting of ballot papers, collation and declaration of results but should be witness to declarations and other processes.
The police commissioner who listed the roles of security agents on election day to include providing general security, protecting election officials, escorting sensitive materials and providing intelligence security network among others.
Usman, while assuring that adequate security will be provided for all parts of the state, appealed to the good people of the state to cooperate with security agents to ensure peace, adding that security personnel have alerted to deal decisively and promptly with any threat to peace and order.