- No fewer than 6,000 personnel of the Nigeria Police Force in Bauchi state have been deployed in the state
- The disclosure was made by the commissioner of police in the state, Alhaji Ali Janga
- The personnel will all be deployed in all the polling units across Bauchi state
The police command in Bauchi on Wednesday, February 13, said no fewer than 6,000 personnel had been deployed in the area to provide security during the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
The commissioner of police, Alhaji Ali Janga, made the announcement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi.
Legit.ng notes that Janga said: “We have over 6,000 personnel, including police and other security agencies. They will all be deployed in all the polling units across Bauchi State.
“I am barely five weeks here but that notwithstanding, I have conducted election since I joined the Nigerian Police in 1990, about 29 years ago.
“So, conducting election is not new to me and I assure the people of Bauchi that police and other security agencies we will maintain our neutrality.
“We will provide all that necessary security for a free, fair and credible election in Bauchi State.’’
He said that the restrictions on movement on election days was still in order and warned government and party officials against violating the order.
Janga also warned party officials and followers against cutting corners and urged them to play according to the rules of the games.
The commissioner further warned that politics was not “do or die’’, noting that INEC had improved the electoral process for transparency.
He noted that in spite of few challenges being faced in the state, campaigns had been peaceful.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that security was tight at the Lagos state headquarters of INEC in Yaba on Wednesday, February 13, as the commission took delivery of sensitive election materials ahead of the forthcoming general polls.
Africa’s most populous nation is scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on February 16. Nigeria returned to democracy 20 years ago after a brutal military era that left infrastructure in ruins.
Nobody was allowed into the premises of the commission without proper identification with security officials subjecting people to rigorous screening.
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