Following the face-off between the Nigerian Army and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Police in Delta state has heightened security in Asaba, the state capital.
Operatives have been deployed to areas like Okwe, a settlement for IPOB and other Biafra agitators.
The area is close to the River Niger which is the boundary between Delta State and states in the South-East.
Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka told Vanguard that the deployment of officers was a proactive measure to forestall breakdown of law and order.
He said the presence of uniformed policemen in strategic locations was not intended to cause tension but provide adequate security for law abiding citizens.
“It is our duty to ensure that people feel free and secured. However, if there is an incident in your neighbour’s area, while you are trying to bring it under control, you also take deliberate steps to ensure that such incident does not spill over to your area.
“So basically our duty is to ensure there is order. Part of what we promised the people is civil policing, democratic policing and policing with a human face. People should therefore be reassured that there is no cause for alarm,” he said.