Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has deployed 5,000 personnel, unspecified number of sniffer dogs, as well as other security machinery to compliment other security organs in the maintenance of peace and order before, during and after the polls.
The heavy deployment is aimed at providing surveillance and intelligence gathering for a peaceful and hitch-free election.
A statement by its Public Relations Officer, ACC Emmanuel Okeh, said the Commandant-General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, while ordering the deployment at the Corps Headquarters, Abuja, assured that a robust security apparatus has been put in place to guarantee the security of lives and property.
The statement revealed that adequate arrangements have also been made for officers and men of the corps to discharge their constitutional mandate without fear or favour.
According to Okeh, the NSCDC helmsman called on all political gladiators to play by the rules and not to take laws into their hands by carrying out acts inimical to the peaceful conduct of the election. He implored politicians to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship.
He said adhering to this simple principle of true sportsmanship in a keenly contested race will promote true democracy and responsible leadership in Kogi State.
Muhammadu urged parents and guardians to caution their wards against thuggery and all forms of electoral violence. He advised residents to be law abiding as anyone caught fomenting trouble would be dealt with according to the law, even as he expressed confidence in the composition of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and charged them to continue to live up to expectation as an unbiased umpire.
On synergy, the NSCDC boss urged all security agencies to work in harmony for a common goal, stating that our collective efforts toward a successful election in Kogi State will bring glory not only to our dear country, but to entire security agencies involved in the process.

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