Ahead of Anambra governorship election scheduled to hold on the November 18, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu has approved the deployment of 15000 personnel, sniffer dogs and Mobile Surveillance Vehicles to ensure a hitch free exercise.
According to a statement issued by the Corps spokesman Emmanuel Okeh, yesterday in Abuja, the Corps CG directed the DCG in charge of Operations, Mr. Kelechi Madu, to head the operation with a view to ensuring optimal performance and result, while Assistant General’s from Zone C, Imo, G-Benin, two ACGs from the Headquarters and Commandants from the neighbouring states and Headquarters are to assist the DCG.
He said the Corps personnel for the Anambra election are well trained officers who were duty bound to uphold the Corps mandate anytime.
According to the CG, these personnel will be drawn from neighbouring Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, Delta, Edo and Abia states Command respectively to compliment the deployment from Anambra State Command and the special monitoring team from the National Headquarters.
Gana said the Corps was ready to synergise with other security agencies to ensure the safety of all Anambarians and electoral officials and materials before, during and after the elections.
The statement added that the CG has also approved the deployment of sniffer dogs, specialised units such as the SWAT, CBRN, CTU, Undercover and Specialised Forces to protect the Critical Infrastructures and National Assets situated in the state and its environs from being vandalised by criminally minded individual(s) who may take advantage of activities like the election to carry out their nefarious activities.
The Corps Boss however, seized the occasion to call on all politicians within and outside the state to support the drive of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption, by ensuring that they play by the rules. He said it should not be a ‘do or die affair’ because whether they win or loose, Anambra will still remain.
The NSCDC helmsman urged Anambarians to come out en masse to exercise their franchise without fear of favour, and in doing so, should vote the candidate of their choice without any form of coercion. He also charged them to shun all forms of violence as this will in no way bring growth and progress to their state.