The Bayelsa State police command has intensified security in the state ahead of Saturday’s governorship primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The commissioner of police, Hillary Opara, said in Yenagoa that he had received reinforcement of personnel and equipment from eight states in readiness for the primaries.
According to Mr Opara, 17 police mobile force units, additional four Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), four lorries and other patrol vehicles were received on Monday night to beef up security in the state.
“We are going to use them to make sure that Bayelsa State is secure for law abiding citizens to go about their businesses unmolested.
“The good people of Bayelsa State should be happy to see an increase in the security of the area,” he added.
The commissioner said the command was also taking proactive measures to ensure that nothing compromised the integrity of the peace that was already in place in the state.
“True to the saying that police are your friends, so when you see the police it means the state is secured.
“ Apart from that, we have had elections. Just yesterday, the PDP held their ward congresses and they finished it and left. It was peaceful and successful as there was no problem,” he said.
The commissioner noted that “all this increase in arsenal and personnel is a measure to keep the place in order, peaceful, crime-free for the exercise to go on peacefully.”
Opara who commended the political class for their exhibition of maturity during the ward congresses said “we don’t have any problem with the politicians for now.
“I need to commend them because they have conducted themselves very peacefully so far. The ward congress election last Monday was peaceful as there was nothing from any angle to disrupt the activities.”
Meanwhile more checkpoints have been set up at strategic locations in Yenagoa and its environs to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
The state publicity secretary of the PDP, Ene Ketebu also said that preparations for the primaries were in top gear.