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Area councils’ election: Police deploy 15,000 personnel


Abuja –  More than 15,000 policemen have been deployed to provide effective security during the FCT Area Councils’ election scheduled for Saturday, April 9, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) authoritatively reports.

The Commissioner of Police in charge of the FCT Area councils’ election, Mr Folusho Adebanjo, who did not give any figure, told NAN that enough personnel have been deployed for the election.

Adebanjo was the former commissioner of Police in Edo.

“We have deployed enough men for the FCT Area Councils’ election,“ he said.

He warned that police would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute sponsors of violence during and after the election.

“We will not only prosecute thugs, who will be sponsored to disrupt the election but we will also prosecute their sponsors.

“In case of any form of violence, their sponsors will be charged to court along with them,“ he said.

He said that the command has been more proactive to nip any violence in the bud by deploying officers from the Criminal Intelligence Department.

Adebanjo said that the command had been working in collaboration with other security agencies to provide adequate security during and after the election.

“We have told other security agencies participating in the election to be firm and polite to voters to enable them exercise their franchise,“ he said.

The commissioner said that adequate security had been provided for the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials.

He said that personnel from Zone 7, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Special Protection Unit (SPU) and Counter Terrorism Units (CTU) have been deployed for the election.

Adebanjo advised residents to desist from any act capable of causing violence during and after the election, adding that the police was prepared for the conduct of peaceful election.

NAN also reports that the FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Wilson Inalegwu, had ordered the restriction of vehicular movement in the FCT between 7a.m to 4p.m. (NAN)

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