Nigeria Police Force on Thursday said that 221 police officers were attached to Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra for his personal and office protection.
A statement by the Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said that the personnel comprised of one ADC, one CSO, one Unit Commander from 45 Police Mobile Force ( PMF), one Administration Officer, to administer the Police Personnel.
Others are: 43 Personnel of PMF, from 29 PMF and 54 PMF, 62 personnel of PMF from 45 PMF, 46 Personnel of Special Protection Unit (SPU) and 66 Personnel of Conventional Police Men.
Moshood said that police personnel attached to Obiano were more than the strength of some Police Area Commands in some States of the Country.
“This is done to ensure optimum safety and protection of the Executive Governor of Anambra,” he said.
The spokesman said that the ADC or any other police officer attached to Obiano, were not withdrawn.
He explained further that the ADC and Chief Security Officer (CSO), were called to the command in the state on November 14 to attend a lecture with personnel deployed for the governorship election.
Moshood said that the two security officers returned later after the lecture to their duty posts at the Government house in Awka.
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had on Tuesday confirmed that he authorized the withdrawal of the ADC to Obiano.
He spoke during Election Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Awka.
Idris explained that the action was based on the previous experience the police recorded whereby the military caught an ADC to “a governor” escorting a vehicle loaded with arms on Election Day.
“We do not mean anything bad to Anambra governor on this action; his ADC will be returned to him early Sunday morning after the governorship election on Saturday November 18.
“We have equally withdrawn all the policemen attached to political appointees, Local Government Chairmen and others in Anambra till after the election,” he said