The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said it has deployed 10,000 of its personnel to provide security before, during and after Saturday’s governorship election in Bayelsa State.
The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu, stated this in Abuja on Thursday.
He said he had given concrete assurance to the people of Bayelsa State that the poll would be peaceful.
He said, ”Three Deputy Commandant Generals, four Assistant Commandant Generals, a host of Commandants, Officers and Men and sniffer dogs will be on hand to ensure a hitch-free poll on Saturday.
“Also, armed personnel have been strategically positioned to protect the nation’s national assets to dissuade hoodlums from having a field day. ‘’
Mr. Muhammadu, who expressed optimism on the poll, called on INEC to be the unbiased umpire it has been known for, noting however that the right conduct of the election would determine the outcome of the poll.
He implored politicians contesting in the election “not to make it a do or die affair as a winner and a loser must emerge after the election”.
He further admonished them to be open-minded to accept defeat and victory with humility and that they should work together for the overall good of the people of Bayelsa State, “who will first come out of their goodwill to vote for them.”
Mr. Muhammadu charged parents and guardians not to allow their wards to be used as thugs.
He reminded them that their ability to enthrone a good government in Bayelsa through their peaceful conducts and that of their wards, who are of age to vote, would usher in a prosperous state of their dream.