AS the Edo State gubernatorial election, which is to hold on Saturday draws near, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has deployed no fewer than 13,3111 personnel alongside 60 sniffer dogs to provide security.
Commandant General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana, disclosed this in a statement released by Corps Public Relations Officer (PRO), Emmanuel Okeh, yesterday, in Abuja.
The statement said the deployed personnel were drawn from the corps headquarters and its commands in Kogi, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta and Ondo State that are drafted to complement personnel of its command in Edo and the zonal command in Benin.
According to him, the deployment was to ensure that every act of electoral malpractice, violence and other social vices that could affect the smooth conduct of the elections were curtailed.
“The corps as critical stakeholders in election monitoring, ensures that personnel are properly guided before being fully deployed for any election, either for the provision of physical security at the polling booths, polling units or protection of the ballot boxes and electoral officers. Asides from electoral areas, we will beef up security around infrastructures and national assets from being soft target of attacks by hoodlums and vandals. The hoodlums unduly take advantage of election activities/period to carry out their dastardly act as well as identified black spots and other areas prone to attack and vandalism,” he said.
The release further stated that the 60 sniffer dogs were deployed to INEC office for crowd control and detection of combustive elements among others.
“Other specialised units deployed are mobile surveillance vehicles, the Special Weapon and Tactical unit (SWAT) and the Chemical Radioactive Biological and Neutral Unit (CBRN). Also deployed are, Counter Terrorism, Operations and Special Duties, Intelligence Department, Medical and Disaster Management Units, among others,” he added.
Meanwhile, sensitive materials for the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State arrived at the Central Bank of Nigeria office in Benin yesterday.
INEC Head of Voter Education and Publicity in Edo, Timidi Wariowei, confirmed the arrival of the materials to newsmen.
Meanwhile the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to the people of Edo to reject the present governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki in the forthcoming election.
In a sponsored television broadcast on Tuesday, Tinubu said “Obaseki does not deserve any democratic ballot paper. Don’t vote for him, I appeal to all of you.”
Reacting to the comment, Governor Godwin Obaseki said that Tinubu could not extend his political empire to Edo State as Edo people are determined to end what he described as godfatherism in the state.
The governor spoke in a statement by Crusoe Osagie, his media aide .