By Asma’u Halilu
Kaduna State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in collaboration with sister agencies are to deploy 3,700 personnel for this week’s Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections.
In a statement by the Corp’s Public Relation Officer, Ondiir Terzungwe, the State Commandant of the Corp, Corp Modu Bunu said the mobilisation and deployment was in anticipation of higher voter turnout which required the operatives to ensure crowd control during the exercise.
He explained that the personnel were expected to contain excesses of potential threats to the polls, warning youths and party supporters to exercise restraints in their conducts.
The deployment was also to ensure safety of the electoral officers, materials, officials and the electorate.
All flashpoints have been identified across the state and possible steps taken in forestalling lawlessness.
Bunu expressed optimism that every nook and cranny of the 23 LGAs would be covered, giving assurance of the command’s plan to maintain its postings and also improve on it.
The State NSCDC helmsman urged officers to remain apolitical, transparent and shun any inducement, warning that all of them would be responsible for their actions or inactions while on the field.
The Commandant said Nigerians and members of the international community have high expectations on the conduct and performance of security agencies, hence the need to perform well.
All patrol vehicles, ambulances and motorcycles are to be deployed to complement efforts of personnel stationed at different locations.