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2 564 patrol vehicles to keep us safe during election

2015-02-02 13:02
Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AFP) ~ TUNJI OMIRIN

Lagos – President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly given at least 2 564 patrol vehicles to police to ensure peaceful and violence free elections.

According to Post Nigeria, Inspector Genral of Police, Sulieman Abba confirmed that the vehicles had been approved by the president, adding that the first batch was ready for commissioning.

This comes as fears of insecurity remain high in the country due to continued Boko Haram assaults, particularly in the northeast.

The country is set to vote in a crucial election set for the 14th of February.

Jonathan, who is facing a stiff challenge from former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, has repeatedly tried to assure Nigerians that Boko Haram could be contained.

Last week, former US ambassador to Nigeria, Princeton Lyman called for the postponement of the polls as he feared chaos could erupt soon after the elections, according to BBC Newsday.

"... Under these circumstances, I think whoever claims to win this election, there is going to be a lot of violence," Lyman said.

Listen to the audio piece here.

Election officials have insisted, however, that the vote will go ahead, but conceded that voting would be impossible across much of the northeast because of the unrest going on there.

Foreign observers have also indicated that they will not even attempt to monitor polling in that region, according to reports.

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