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Civil Defence Corps Deploys Thousands For April 11 Polls
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has deployed thousands of its personnel for this weekend’s gubernatorial and state Houses of Assembly elections in 36 states of the federation.
The Commandant General of the NSCDC, Ade Abolurin, made this known at the Abuja Headquarters office of the corps while handing down operational directives to the zone and state commanders on Thursday.
He warned men and women of the agency against compromise or any acts that might portray them as partisan, while also noting that as stakeholders in the nation’s electoral process, the corps is expected to re-double its effort and work hard to deliver a violence free election.
He observed that efforts had been put in place by the government to make the exercise smooth and hitch free, adding that this made him deploy thousands of personnel to every nook and cranny of country especially the identified flashpoints considered as notorious and volatile.
Abolurin reiterated that the peace and unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised under any guise adding that any personnel found wanting or suspected to be involved in electoral offences will be dealt with according to the law.
He said the leadership of NSCDC would not condone any action that falls short of the highest level of moral and professional conduct.
The NSCDC chief also assured the nation of the deployment of about 500 trained sniffer dogs, 300 operational vehicles, 100 surveillance vehicles and ambulances to further boost the security of the electorates, electoral officials as well as sensitive and non-sensitive materials before, during and after the election.