- It is two weeks to the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states
- As preparations are ongoing, INEC has raised alarm over thugs being mobilised to disrupt the election process
- However, the police has assured that adequate protection would be provided during the polls
- The IGP said a combined team of 64,241 police personnel will be deployed to proved security
As the Bayelsa and Kogi states governorship elections fast approaches, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned of impending violence.
The chairman of the electoral commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, gave the warning at the inter-agency security meeting between the commission and security agencies on Friday, November 1.
He said there were indications that politicians had mobilised thugs from within and outside the states to disrupt the election process, This Day reports.
"There are already warning signals in the two states; both are politically volatile. Elections have been disrupted by violence in the past. Our own risk assessment which will be shared with the security agencies at this meeting has identified some flashpoints,” the INEC boss said.
Yakubu all hands must be on deck before the elections, on the day of election, and during the collation and declaration of results.
In response, Adamu Mohammed, the inspector general of police, said the Nigeria Police Force was equal to its mandate of maintaining law and order.
According to him, plans have been finalised to deploy a combined team of 64,241 police personnel to provide security during the election in both states
The IG said the police high command would deploy 35,200 and 32,041 police rank and file to Kogi and Bayelsa states, respectively.
According to him, nobody, no matter how highly placed would be allowed to cause any security breach.
He added that INEC officers and offices and the Central Bank of Nigeria, where the sensitive materials are kept, polling centres and coalition centres would be protected and the elections would be peaceful.
The Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections would be holding on November 16. Ahead of the election, the campaign council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of importing' thugs into Kogi.
Legit.ng had reported that the secretary of media and publicity committee, Tom Ohikere, alleged that some of the thugs had been armed ahead of the election.
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