From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
As part of its measures to avert possible breakdown of law and order during the up coming general elections in Kogi State, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has deployed over 2,500 officers to flash point areas across the three senatorial districts of the state.
The Kogi State Commandant of NSCDC, Philips Ayodele disclosed this in Lokoja during a sensitization program for officers under his command on intelligent gathering ahead of the general elections.
Ayodele while reaffirming the mandate of the Corps to protect critical infrastructures in the country, said the command has identified this grey areas and measures has already been put in place to ensure that citizens exercise their franchise without intimidation or fears.
He said the sensitization program will help his officers know their rights, collaborate with people and know how to address issues concerning election.
“We have been arranging series of lectures in the build up to this election. Violence during election is insignificant. We are aware that some desperate politicians will be recruiting thugs to cause mayhem on election day.
“This won’t be allowed to happen. We have also taken note of the destruction of some party billboards by unknown individuals across the three senatorial districts.The Command has placed its officers in strategic areas as any one caught will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Our citizens has the right to choose their leaders who will represent the country interest. NSCDC Kogi State command is synergizing with other Sister Security agencies to see that the menace of violence during the polls is nipped in the bud,” he said.
He however, lauded Governor Yahaya Bello for his unbiased nature and support towards the success of security agencies in Kogi State.
The commandant also urged political players to play by the rules of the game as any one found wanting will be made to face the full weight of the law no matter how connected or influential the person might be in the society.
Earlier, the head of intelligence and investigation NSCDC Kogi State command, Mrs Mariam Oiza Adeiza said the essence of the lecture is to prepare and refine officers of the command on the challenges that might occur during the election.
She reiterated the preparedness of NSCDC towards achieving a violence free and credible election in Kogi State.