Nigeria Civil Defence deploys more personnel for​ elections

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has deployed thousands of its personnel for Saturday’s gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections across Nigeria.

Speaking at its Abuja Headquarters, the NSCDC, the Commandant General, Ade Abol​u​r​i​n, warned against compromise or any activity that could label them as engaging in partisan politics.

He said as ​a ​stakeholder in Nigeria’s electoral process, the corps is expected to re-double its efforts and work hard to deliver a violence free election.

Mr. Abol​u​r​i​n said efforts have been put in place by the government to make the exercise smooth and hitch-free. He said personnel have been deployed to every nook and cranny of Nigeria, especially the identified flashpoints considered notorious and volatile.

He said the peace and unity of Nigeria could not be jettisoned under any guise.

“Any personnel found wanting or suspected to be involved in electoral offences will be dealt with according to the rules of engagement as the corps leadership will not tolerate any action that falls short of the highest level of moral and professional conduct,” he said.

The commandant general also assured the nation of the deployment of no less than 500 trained sniffer dogs, 300 operational vehicles, 100 surveillance vehicles and ambulances to further boost the security of the electorates, the electoral official as well as sensitive and non-sensitive materials before, during and after the election.

He added that he has redeployed the DCGs and ACGs to different Zones and some volatile states to guarantee a transparent process devoid of violence and mayhem .

Mr. Abolorun, urged the political aspirants to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the election as reflecting the wishes of people who should govern them.

The gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections are set to hold on Saturday.


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