Addressing journalists after a security meeting in Awka, Chukwuemeka Onukogu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state said that security arrangements had been made to ensure a hitch-free election.
“People should come out and vote. We have put every machinery in order. Security will be adequate. We’ll start on time. All the materials are available. Let them come and exercise their franchise,” Mr. Onukogu said.
The closed door meeting between the officials of the commission and the security agencies, under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, lasted several hours at the INEC headquarters on House of Assembly Road, in Awka.
In attendance were senior officers from the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Security Services, the Nigerian Navy, the Police, the Nigerian Customs Service, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Road Safety Corps, among others.
Mr. Onukogu said the meeting aimed to strategise on how to ensure a peaceful exercise.
Ben Ezeamalu is an Assistant Managing Editor and the Head of Lagos Operations/Metro Editor at PREMIUM TIMES. A graduate of Microbiology from the University of Jos, Ben won the 2015 Africa Fact-Check Awards and was a runner-up in the 2014 CNN/Multichoice African Journalists of the Year.