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Security beefed up ahead of Lagos, Zamfara bye-elections

CP Usman Nagogo with the Security Chiefs addressing journalists on their preparedness for Bakura bye-election. Photo: Abdulrazak Bello

Ahead of the Lagos East Bye-election slated to hold December 5, the Acting National Chairman of Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Ahmed Mu’azu says the electoral body is fully prepared for free, fair and credible election in Lagos State.

Mr. Mu’azu who stated this during a consultative meeting with the Interagency Consultation Committee on Election Security, said the mood of the nation led to the postponement of the bye-election across affected states.

Speaking on the voters’ apathy during bye elections, the acting chairman appealed to voters to come out en-mass assuring that their votes would count.

While responding to questions on the police level of preparedness ahead of the election, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu assured voters of adequate security of lives and property, stressing that the police and other security agents would work round the clock to safeguard sensitive and non-sensitive materials. Mr. Odumosu said the command has excess manpower to be deployed for the bye-election.

In a welcome address, Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Sam Olumekun said at least three security personnel would be required to man each of 1,928 polling units located in the five local government areas where the Election will take place.

Similarly, 2,300 Security personnel have been deployed to Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State ahead of the bye-elections slated for December 5, 2020.

Commissioner of Police, Zamfara Police Command, CP Usman Nagogo stated this during a Press Conference at the Police Headquarters in Gusau, after a meeting with Security Chiefs in the State.

CP Nagogo who warned Politicians against acts of violence before, during and after the election said security operatives will remain apolitical and will ensure professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

According to him, Bakura is one of the flashpoints with security challenges, as such; strategic plans have been put in place to ensure safety of the electorates, Election officials, Election Materials among others.

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