- NSCDC has said that it would join other security agencies to ensure violence-free poll in Ondo state
- INEC is conducting a governorship election in the state on Saturday, October 10
- The deputy commander general of the commission in charge of the operation, Hillary Made, said the personnel have been warned to be professional during the election
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Ahead of the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed no fewer than 7,079 officers and about 60 sniffer dogs to complement other security agencies for the poll.
The deputy commander general in charge of the operation, Hillary Made, stated this while speaking with newsmen on Friday, October 9, in Akure, the state capital.
He explained that the personnel were drawn from seven different commands in the country, adding that four assistant commander generals and seven commandants were also deployed, Nigerian Tribune reports.
He said six of the sniffer dogs would be deployed to INEC headquarters to complement personnel from the special force, intelligence department, and SWAT unit that would be on duty.
Made noted that the deployment was in accordance with the directive of the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, and the commander general of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammed, on the need for security during the election.
He emphasised that personnel have been warned that they should remain apolitical during this election and any personnel found wanting will be sanctioned.
“We have come to Ondo state to monitor and provide security for the governorship election scheduled for Saturday. And we have deployed 7,079 personnel, four Assistant Commander General (ACG), and 7 commandants. And this is not a joke though we will ensure to remain apolitical during the exercise.
“We promise Ondo state people that the exercise is going to be a very peaceful election and I will advise people of Ondo state that nobody should die because someone wants to become a governor. We want to call on our royal fathers, religious leaders and our mothers to warn their wards that they don’t cause any havoc during this exercise. The state belonging to youth but let us have a credible and peaceful election coming Saturday.”
He added that the personnel would also be monitoring the critical national assets and infrastructure across the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 11:59 pm on Friday, October 9, to 6 pm on Saturday, October 10, in Ondo state.
It was reported that the police in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Frank Mba, on Friday, October 9, said the restriction is part of efforts to ensure effective coordination of public order and safety during the gubernatorial election.
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