The Anambra State Police Command on Monday, requested all political parties to forward schedules of their political activities to the command as they commence political campaigns ahead of the November 6 Governorship election in the state.
The State Commissioner Of Police, CP Tony Olofu gave the directive in a statement on Monday, signed by the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra, Tochi Ikenga.
The directive is coming on the heels of an attack by unknown gunmen at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress, Uruagu- Nnewi on Sunday, which left one dead and many injured.
TNC had also reported the burning of a vehicle belonging to a support group of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, candidate for the November election, at Nnobi by hoodlums.
According to the statement, the directive to release the parties’ campaign schedule to the police, is to enable the Police high command provide adequate security for the safety of participants at such events.
“The CP alludes to the fact that campaigns are a critical part of the electioneering process.
“This therefore will enable the Police high command provide adequate security for the safety of participants at such events,” the statement said.
The Command promised to also 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 is sustained.
“The teams, are expected to carry out security patrols, surveillance, traffic control and patrols in conjunction with sister security agents.
“This will definitely prevent hoodlums from launching attacks on unsuspecting party faithful and properly secure such events,” it said.
The CP however, admonished such officers that would be deployed for the assignment to display 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.