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Polls: Police, NSCDC deploy 13,150 personnel in Niger

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Minna, March 8, 2019 ( NNN) The Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Niger Command has deployed 13,150 personnel across the state to provide security during the upcoming Governorship and House of Assembly elections.

The Police deployed 10,500 while the NSCDC deployed 2,650 personnel for the exercise.

The NSCDC Commandant, Mr Philip Ayuba, told News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Friday that already, operational orders had been issued to Area Commanders and Divisional Officers across the state’s 25 local government areas to ensure credible conduct of the elections.

“We are already collaborating with other security agencies to maintain high standard of professionalism and patriotism, to ensure peaceful  conduct of the  elections,” he said.

He said that NSCDC officers along with that of other security agencies would ensure maintenance of law and order for peaceful and hitch-free conduct of the elections.

“We have deployed sufficient personnel after identifying black spots in and outside the metropolis against any potential security threat to lives and property,” he said.

The commandant told NNN that security checks were in place to deal with unforeseen circumstances during and after the elections.

He said that the security agencies in the state would sustain the high standard of commitment towards providing peaceful political atmosphere before and after the elections.

Similarly, Alhaji Sabo Ibrahim, Commissioner of Police in Niger, said that the police would secure the 4,950 polling units in 25 Local Government Areas of the state.

He said that the deployment is to provide a peaceful political atmosphere for the conduct of the polls as well as protect the lives and property of the citizens of the state.

Ibrahim said that 6,500 personnel from the command’s specially trained police officers and 3,000 from sister organizations and 1,000 from the Force Headquarters Abuja would be drafted to the state.

He warned that anyone caught with weapons, during and after the elections, would be arrested and prosecuted according to the provisions of the law.

“We want the voting to start peacefully and end peacefully. I am calling on the good people of Niger to cooperate with security agencies deployed to all polling units to ensure peaceful conduct of the election,” he said.

The commissioner warned that nobody is allowed to bring dangerous weapons to the polling station, adding that anybody caught would be dealt with appropriately.

Ibrahim said: “We will not tolerate any act capable of bringing confusion as any person or groups found wanting would be arrested and prosecuted,” he said.

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