Security beefed up at INEC office in Enugu ahead of presidential election

Security beefed up at INEC office in Enugu ahead of presidential election

- A detachment of about 30 mobile policemen are deployed to INEC state headquarters in Enugu

- About 15 personnel of the Police Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) are also stationed at the INEC headquarters in Enugu to shield the office against arson and other forms of terrorism

- There is a deployment of an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) with mobile policemen who barricaded the road leading to the INEC headquarters in Enugu

Security agencies, on Friday, February 21, beefed up security at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Enugu state headquarters ahead of Saturday February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that that a detachment of about 30 mobile policemen were been deployed to INEC state headquarters in Enugu.

This also followed about 15 personnel of the Police Counter Terrorism Unit [CTU] at hand at the INEC headquarters in Enugu to shield the office against arson and other forms of terrorism.

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There was also deployment of an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) in front of the office with stern looking mobile policemen, who had barricade the road leading to the INEC headquarters in Enugu.

NAN also observed increased numbers of personnel of sister security agencies such as the Department of State Security (DSS) as well as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps.

Also, one lane of the Achi Street, Independence Layout, where INEC office is located has been barricaded against traffic making motorists to follow alternative routes.

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Reacting, the state’s police public relations officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, told NAN that the increased number of security personnel in all INEC offices in the state would ensure adequate security for election materials and INEC staff.

There is a need for additional security presence in the state most especially in all INEC offices both at the headquarters and council areas in the state.

“Police, working in synergy with other sister security agencies, will provide 24/7 protection to INEC offices, its personnel as well as election materials,’’ he said.

Amaraizu however, urged residents not to panic but to cooperate with security agencies to discharge their election duties effectively.

Meanwhile, the National Youth Service Corps has lauded the level of preparedness by the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies for the presidential and National Assembly elections in Kano state.

Suleiman Kazaure, NYSC director general, made the commendation on Friday, February 22, while inspecting some of the registration area centres provided by INEC as accommodation for the corps members who will serve as ad-hoc staff, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Represented by Habibu Isah-Kurawa, scheme’s director for general services, Kazaure said the state of preparedness is an indication that the electoral body was set to ensure the welfare, security and safety of the corps members deployed to local government areas of the state.

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