By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has expressed its readiness for the Kogi and Bayelsa gubernatorial elections.
The agency in a statement issued yesterday by Emmanuel Okeh, its spokesman said the agency also warns the public against any act of violence.
It said the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has constituted and effectively deployed high powered teams of officers and men to provide adequate security coverage and prevent any act gravitating towards the breakdown of law and order in the two states where the Gubernatorial hopefuls will be locking horns to test their popularity and acceptability for the control of the affairs of the state in the next four years.
Addressing the team leaders at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja, on the modus operandi of the assignment before their dispatch, the CG reiterates that the Corps is a major stakeholder in the security architecture of the country, as such, have been empowered to ensure a hitch free and yet credible elections in both states.
“Your deployment to the two states is not for you to engage in partisan politics, nor to compromise the integrity of this noble organization by accepting any form of gratification from any politicians; your job is to maintain peace and provide adequate security coverage for both sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, INEC staffs and the electorates”.
He maintained that due to the crucial nature of the assignments, two Assistant Commandants General, ACGs Modu Bunu and Pedro Idiba has been assigned to lead the operation in the two states respectively, to be assisted by five Commandants each from the zones, including the host state Commandants.
“For ease of engagement, more personnel have been drawn from neighboring Ekiti, Ondo, Kwara, Edo and Niger states to support Kogi command for effective deployment to the 21 local government areas of the state. In the same vein, personnel from Rivers, Delta, Imo, Abia and Anambra command has also been drawn to support the host Bayelsa command in covering every nooks and cranny of the state.”