By Jude Atupulazi
Ahead of the political party campaigns across the country which commenced last Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command, CP Echeng Echeng, Tuesday, met with leaders of political parties in the state at his office in Awka and requested them to avail the Command with their campaign schedules.
Noting that campaigns were a critical part of the electioneering, process, the police chief said the submission of their campaign schedules would enable the Command to provide adequate security for the safety of participants in the coming elections.
Echeng said the Command would 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 was sustained.
The teams, Echeng explained, would carry out security patrols, surveillance, traffic control and patrols in conjunction with sister security agents in order to prevent criminal elements from taking advantage of unsuspecting party faithful and also to properly secure such events.
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.
This was even as he 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.
According to a press statement signed by DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, spokesman of the Command, in attendance at the meeting were Mr Anuforo Kingsley, Head of Department, Electoral Operations State INEC; Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, ACP Anietie Akpan Eyoh; and various leaders of political parties.