The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 7,079 personnel, sniffer dogs, alongside mobile surveillance vehicles to ensure security during Saturday’s Ondo governorship election.
Abdullahi Gana, Commandant General, NSCDC, disclosed this in a statement by the Corps Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Okeh and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
Gana disclosed that the deployed personnel were drawn from Lagos, Edo, Kwara, Ekiti, Ogun, Osun and Kogi states.
He said that the deployed men were drawn from the SWAT unit, Counter Terrorism unit (CTU), Chemical Biological Radioactive Nuclear and Energy unit (CBRNE), Kernnel (K9), Disaster response unit.
“Medical, Crisis Management, Special Force, Anti-vandalism unit and Critical Protection Unit (CIPU).
“CIPU would be deployed for the protection of Critical Infrastructure and National Assets, which are easy targets of vandalism during and after elections.
“The surveillance and intelligence have been deployed ahead of the election for covert operations and provision of 24 hours surveillance.
“Personnel deployed have been trained on the protocols of COVID-19 and would all be provided with face masks and hand sanitizers.
“The operations by the Corps during the election would be led by the Deputy Commandant General (DCG) Operations, 4 Assistant Commandant Generals and 7 Commandants,” he said.
The CG directed Deputy Commandant General Kelechi Madu, Operations Team Lead, to ensure that personnel remained apolitical and avoid any form of compromises in the conduct of their electoral assignment.
Gana said that the Corps was prepared to cooperate and synergise with other security agencies to ensure the safety of all residents as well as electoral officials and materials before, during and after the election.
“Synergy amongst security operatives is essential because no man can achieve success alone as good team work at all times helps guarantee huge success,” he said.
He charged politicians within and outside the state to play by the rules, avoid violence and support the drive of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure free and fair election at all levels.
According to him, electoral activities should not be a ‘do or die affair’ because whether they win or lose, Ondo State remains.
The CG urged Ondo indigenes to go out en masse to exercise their franchise without fear or favour, and in doing so, vote the candidate of their choice without any recourse to fear or intimidation.