- The police in Kaduna has deployed 12,500 officers ahead of the Saturday, February 16, presidential election
- The command’s public relations officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said that adequate security measures had been put in place to tackle those who planned to disrupt the polls
- Sabo said there was no plan by the police in the state to deploy members of community vigilante
The police command in Kaduna said on Friday, February 15, that it would deploy no fewer than 12,500 of its personnel to beef up security during the Saturday, February 16, election across the state.
The command’s public relations officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, revealed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
Sabo also said that the police would be supported by other agencies including Immigration, Prison, Customs and NSCDC to provide conducive environment for a peaceful election.
He said the command had carried out threat analysis, based on which identified flash points would be effectively policed to ensure safety of voters and other citizens.
The command spokesman stressed that adequate security measures had been put in place to tackle those who planned to disrupt the elections, assuring all voters of adequate security.
On alleged deployment of members of community vigilante service for the election, Sabo said there was no such plan.
He noted that the commissioner of police, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman, had made it clear that local security guards would not be involved in security duties during the elections.
“It is only the Police and other constituted security agencies that will be involved in security during the election in the state, no vigilante will be allowed to partake in the provision of security during the election,” Sabo said.
Sabo appealed to the electorates to assist security agencies with useful information that would ensure peaceful elections.
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He added: “This call is equally extended to the political class; no thug should be used to disrupt the electoral process and citizens are obliged to inform the securities with information where such occur for prompt intervention.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Federal Fire Service (FFS) had deployed 18 of its officials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kaduna state, as a proactive measure to tackle any fire incident.
Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama made the disclosure on Friday, February 15, in Kaduna.
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