By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Heads of security agencies in Edo state have held a meeting to appraise strategy towards a hitch-free Local Government election in the state.
The close-door meeting which lasted for about 2 hours, was held at the office of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo on Wednesday afternoon in Benin City.
Edo state Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) had fixed March 3, 2018 for the conduct of election into 192 Councillorship seats and 18 Local Government Areas in the state.
The state Director of Department of state Security Service (DSS), Mr. Haliru Haliru Ibrahim, the state Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration service (NIS), Mr. Eniolorunda Kayode and the state Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCD), Mr. Makinde Ayinla.
Also present are, the state Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Mr. Samuel Odukoya and the 4-Brigade Commander, Brig-General, Ibrahim Garba who was represented by Lieutenant Col. I.
Speaking on behalf of the security heads at the end of the meeting, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, said the meeting was to “synergize and work out a robust plan to ensure a hitch-free Local Government election”.
He disclosed that adequate arrangement has been made to secure the land, water ways and the hinterland, including all the polling booths in the election.
Mr. Kokumo, however declined comment on the number of security personnel that would be deployed for the election, adding that disclosing such a classified information may be counter productive.
“We are trying to replicate inter-agency consultative committee sort of to synergize.
“We are taking adequate proactive measures to take care of possible challenges.
“So far, we are good to go before, during and after the election.
“We do not need to tell you what our numerical strength is like, but, I assure you that we are going to have security men across all the polling booths in the state,” he said.