By Isiaka Mustapha
Ahead of the much speculated security crisis bound Anambra governorship election, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security & Civil Defence, Dr Ahmed Audi has arrived Awka the state capital for the cordination and preparation of his 20,000 personnel already deployed to the state ahead of the election.
Audi, who according to sources arrived Anambra state yesterday, and immediately swung into action by ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to ensure hitch free election in the state. A source close to the CG told PSM that all the 20,000 would be addressed today by the CG on the need to ensure civil obedience of law and order before, during and after the election
It will be recalled that Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 20,000 personnel to provide security for the Nov. 6 governorship election in Anambra.
Those that had already been deployed include personnel in the NSCDC Arms Squad Unit, Counter-Terrorism Unit and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosives Unit.
NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr Ahmed Audi, said this on Thursday in Abuja while delivering a keynote address at a three-day Train-the-Trainers Capacity Building and Electoral Workshop, ahead of the Anambra poll.
Audi said that the special forces would be drafted to key areas in the state where they would be saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property.
“They will also see to the protection of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, INEC officials and all critical assets against vandalism, damage or arsonist attacks,” he said.
He said that NSCDC, in collaboration with other security agencies, had developed strategies to checkmate any act of electoral violence and other nefarious activities capable of undermining the electoral process.
The commandant-general further said that the deployed personnel would ensure effective monitoring before, during and after the election.
Audi also said that the personnel would be drafted from the NSCDC commands in all the states in the South-South and South-East zones.
“In addition, personnel from Kogi, Ekiti, Ondo, and Benue have been placed on standby, in case there is the need for reinforcement,” he said.
The NSCDC boss warned the officers to strictly adhere to the ethics of the corps and comply with the law in the discharge of their duties.
“Let me warn, and I mean it, that any conduct of an officer of NSCDC that undermines the rule of law will be seriously dealt with, in accordance with the public service rule,” he added.