The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) has announced the deployment of 9, 747 personnel drawn from FCT, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara, and Edo commands to provide security for tomorrow’s governorship election in Ekiti state.
160 armed all-female squads would also be deployed to ensure the resistance to any form of violence, intimidation, and abuse against women involved in the political process.
Addressing personnel at the NSCDC headquarters in Ado Ekiti before they proceed to their respective places of deployment, Acting Deputy Commandant-General of Operations, Lawal Haruna, also disclosed that some flash points have already been identified.
Haruna said that information regarding violence-prone areas have been shared with other security agencies involved in the election, adding that two personnel of the corp would be in each polling unit across the state.
He said, “we have idea of flash points. What we are doing is to work with other security agencies. We share the information with other security agencies.
“Those flash points are our target and we have enough deployment to those areas even before any problem will arise.
“We are working with other security agencies, most especially the lead agency (the police). It is not only Civil Defence that would deploy.
“In each polling unit we are deploying not less than 2 officers, but if we need more, we will deploy more. In all, we are deploying 9, 747. Those officers will also be deployed to critical infrastructure.”