Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has deployed no fewer than 13,3111 personnel alongside 60 sniffer dogs to ensure security during the Sept. 19 Edo governorship election.
The Commandant General NSCDC, Mr. Abdullahi Gana disclosed this in a statement made available to our Correspondent by the Corps Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mr Emmanuel Okeh on Wednesday in Abuja.
Gana revealed that the deployed personnel were drawn from the Corps Headquarters and its commands in Kogi, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta and Ondo state.
He said that the deployed staff would complement personnel of its command in Edo and the zonal command in Benin.
He said that the deployment was to ensure that every act of electoral malpractice, violence and other social vices that could affect the smooth conduct of the elections were curtailed.
The Commandant General said that the 60 sniffer dogs were deployed to INEC office for crowd control and detection of combustive elements among others.
“Other specialised units deployed are mobile surveillance vehicles, the Special Weapon and Tactical unit (SWAT) and the Chemical Radioactive Biological and Neutral unit (CBRN) .
“Also deployed are, Counter Terrorism, Operations and Special Duties, Intelligence department, Medical and Disaster Management units among others,” he said.
Gana further assured the deployed personnel of adequate provision of logistics for the operation and also cautioned that they worked in harmony with other sister agencies.
“The corps will not tolerate any act of misconduct during this operation. I urge you to deal with the populace with high level of civility and diplomacy to protect the name and integrity of the corps.
“To our politicians, I advise that leadership is not a do or die affair but service to humanity.”