By; BENEDICT SUNDAY, Kaduna
Ahead of local council polls in Kaduna State slated for May 12, 2018, the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has called on youth to eschew violence and shun political thuggery, warning that perpetrators of such acts will be arrested and sanctioned accordingly.
Commandant of corps in the state, Alhaji Modu Bunu announced this in his office while declaring the readiness of the command to provide water-tight security before, during and after elections.
He said the command in collaboration with sister agencies have mapped out strategies on how to ensure safety of election materials and security of lives of electorate and officials.
The corps in synergy with other agencies has made arrangements to ensure security of lives at polling units, collation centres and State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECOM) offices across the state as well as protection of sensitive election materials, Bunu explained.
Bunu added that in doing so, we are going to deploy over 6,000 officers and men of the command in addition to reinforcement from neighbouring states like Kano, Zamfara, Plateau, Nasarawa, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The state NSCDC helmsman maintained that in order to have a hitch-free election exercise, officers and men of the corps have been briefed on how to behave, reiterating that anything short of that will not be accepted.
Among the officers addressed for the purpose of the polls are head of departments, Area Commanders, Divisional Officers and head of units and outposts, warning anyone found sabotaging efforts of the corps will face the full wrath of the law.
Notwithstanding however, we urge community and political leaders, traditional rulers and other opinion leaders to assist by sensitizing their subjects or followers against acts inimical to peaceful conduct of elections.