Thursday, November 30, 2023

2023 Polls: 404,106 Security Personnel To Be Deployed – Police

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The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba on Thursday said that about 404,106 personnel from police and other security agencies will be deployed for the conduct of the February 25 and March 11 elections in the country to ensure the smooth conduct of the exercise.

The IGP also said that the Nigerian authorities are not taking lightly the threat from one Simon Ekpa, who claims to be a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, saying that there will not be elections in Southeast.

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The police boss said all necessary protocols would be respected as he was inciting people from Finland which was outside the country.

He added the police would change the narrative by ensuring that people saw his action of declaring curfew and asking people not to vote in the Southeast as acts of incitement meant to destabilise the country.

It was reported that Ekpa, who resides in Finland and allegedly being sponsored by some external forces outside the Southeast and few miscreants within the zone are responsible for the continues lock-down of the economy through the so-called sit-at-home on Mondays and some other designated days.

While appearing at the Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the IGP said the threat made by Ekpa against conducting elections in Southeast was an attempt to destabilize the country.

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He also said, out of the 404,106 security personnel, the police will be providing 310,973 personnel while the balance will be sourced from complementary security agencies in the country.

Baba also said other security outsides, besides the military and the Department of State Service (DSS), will compliment the efforts of the police with a total of 93,133 personnel, bringing all to 404, 106 personnel.

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