NSCDC deploys 13,311 officers, 60 dogs
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has disclosed that it deployed 13, 311 personnel and 60 sniffer dogs ahead of the Edo State governorship election to check electoral violence and ensure the safety of voters.
Commandant of the NSCDC, Abullahi Gana Muhammadu, said the personnel were trained on COVID-19 pandemic safety guidelines for the election and to ensure that all electoral malpractices, violence, hooliganism and other vices that could affect the smooth conduct of the election were effectively checkmated.
He stated this during a meeting with chairmen of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in Abuja.
Muhammadu said the agency would ensure that its personnel were well trained before being deployed to provide security anywhere in the country.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the agency, Emmanuel Okeh, noted that the 13,311 personnel deployed to Edo State were drawn from the headquarters and neighbouring states of Kogi, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta and Ondo to complement officers of Edo the State and Zonal Command in Benin City.