- As the governorship election in Edo state draws close, security agencies are not trying to sit on their oars
- The exercise will be held free of any criminal activities from any of the political parties and thugs that may be sponsored for such acts
- The spokesperson of the police in the state says the assurance had become necessary because of the tension in the state currently
Just six days to the tension-soaked governorship election in Edo, efforts are being made to ensure that the exercise is not marred by irregularities and sponsored crimes.
This is coming from the assurances made by security agencies, some of which would be deployed to the state ahead of the poll.
The agencies are calling on the people of the state, especially the electorate, to carry out their responsibility without fear of violence as they would be on the ground to quell such.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the security agencies made the promise when they held an inter agencies’ combined exercise, tagged: Inter Agencies Show of Force.
The spokesperson for the Edo police command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, told journalists that the reassurance had become very important in order to allay fears by the electorate.
According to Nwabuzor there is already tension in the state ahead of the election that is to hold on September 19.
The spokesperson urged residents to remain assured that the security agencies are up in the task of protecting and securing their lives.
The report named some of the security agencies which participated in the exercise to include the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Customs Service, and the Directorate of State Services.
Some others are the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Air force, Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
The report adds that areas monitored during the exercise include GRA, Ugbor area, Oliha/TV road axis, Ikpoba hill, Benin-Agbor-Asaba road axis.
Other areas are Sapele Road, Sokponba Road, Erediawa Road, and Murtala Mohammed way, Ikpoba slope/Ramat park, Aduwawa Road, Upper mission extension, New Benin, New Lagos Road, Boundary road, Airport road, Akenzua road, Ekenhua road and the Uselu/Lagos Road.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had approved the deployment of 10 high ranked police officers to Edo for the election.
DCP Frank Mba, the Police Force Public Relations Officer made the disclosure in a statement he issued.
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