Two Policemen were on Tuesday shot dead in the Otuogidi community of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayesla State and their rifles carted away by unknown gunmen suspected to be hoodlums hired to search for guns ahead of Saturday’s governorship election causing apprehension among residents.
The killings coincided with the arrival of some the 32,000 policemen sent for the exercise led by 15 Commissioners of Police, three Assistant Inspectors Generals (AIG) and Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIG) at the state headquarters of Police Command for onward deployment to every part of the state.
However, the murder of the policemen, the DIG of Police for Bayelsa Election, Anthony Ogbizi, assured the people of the state of their safety and promised that the security personnel deployed to the state will ensure that there is a level playing ground for the INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible election.
Also speaking, Police Commissioner, Omololu Shamusideen Bishi told newsmen that the officers and men have been deployed from the Nigerian Police headquarters, Abuja to interact with the Divisional Police Officers in the state, the rank and file in the state command and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), calling on the media to assist in the area of balanced and credible coverage of the governorship poll.
He called on the people to come out en masse to cast their votes for whichever candidate of their choice in Saturday’s election and go home peaceful to wait for the outcome of the poll.