The commissioner of police, Anambra State Command, CP Echeng Echeng, Tuesday, demanded the campaign timetables of various political parties vying for elective positions in the state ahead of the 2023 general elections.
DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, the command’s public relations officer, stated this in a release.
According to him, the request was made after CP Echeng held a meeting with leaders of political parties at the command’s headquarters in Awka.
Ikenga said the CP urged the parties ‘to promptly notify the command of their activities as they commence political campaigns across the state’.
According to him, “The CP alluded to the fact that campaigns are a critical part of the electioneering process. This therefore will enable the command to provide adequate security for the safety of participants for such events.”
He said the command would deploy other tactical and operational units as well as traffic control policemen to strategic points to ensure that the existing public safety and order in the state was sustained.
Quoting him, “The teams are expected to carry out security patrols, surveillance, traffic control and patrols in conjunction with sister security agents.
“This will definitely prevent criminal elements/hoodlums from taking advantage of unsuspecting party faithful and properly secure such events.”
CP Echeng warned police operatives that would be deployed for the assignment to ‘display a high level of professionalism and operate within the context of the law’.
He also called on members of the public to coordinate themselves and cooperate with the police and other security agents in the course of discharging their constitutional responsibilities.
In attendance during the meeting included Mr Anuforo Kingsley, head of department, Electoral Operations, INEC; and the assistant commissioner police in charge of operations, ACP Anietie Akpan Eyoh.