FEW hours to the governorship election in Edo State, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), says it has deployed additional 1,998 Special Force to assist more than 13, 311 personnel earlier deployed to the state.
The Commandant-General, NCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu, on Friday, approved the deployment of the additional 1,998 special force of the Corps for the Edo State Governorship Election.
A statement signed Muhammadu’s media assistant, Ekunola Gbenga, said, “Deputy Commandant General in charge of operations, Hillary Kelechi Madu, leads the Civil Defence team to provide security during the September 19, governorship poll in Edo State, the DCG will be assisted by a number of Assistant Commandant Generals and Commandants who have all arrived the state since Thursday.
“The Special force numbered 1,998 was deployed from other state commands of the federation to assist in the election in Edo State while awaiting more men from other zones.
“All the riverine areas of the state have been covered with marine men patrolling with their boats. All measures had been put in place towards the attainment of a free, fair, and credible election in Edo.
“While securing elections, you are not permitted inside polling stations with arms, and may only enter at the request of the presiding officer.”
Earlier, Deputy Commandant General (DCG), in charge of operations, Madu Kelech, disclosed that the officers were deployed from Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Anambra, Kogi, Imo, Ondo, Ogun, Ekiti and Lagos States.
He stated that most of the personnel would be involved in the election while the others would be posted to protect critical national assets and infrastructure in the state.