Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Sokoto - Mr Bala Hassan, the
Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of zone 10, said on
Thursday that about 18,000 security personnel would be deployed to provide
security during the April 11 elections in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.
Hassan said in Sokoto that
the security personnel had been briefed on the operational modalities for
ensuring adequate security before, during and after the elections in the
He said that the zonal command had fine tune its method of
operations to prevent any form of electoral malpractices.
"We have taken concrete security measures to improve on
what we have done in the presidential elections in order to ensure peaceful
conduct of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections," he said.
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The AIG said that no crisis was recorded during the March 28
election and attributed the success achieved to the security measures put in
place by the police.
Hassan directed the three commissioners of police under his
supervision to ensure effective monitoring of the election in their respective
areas of operations.
" We have done it in the last Presidential and National
Assembly elections and we are battle-ready to do the same to enable eligible
electorate exercise their civil responsibility through peaceful
atmosphere," he said.
He advised trouble makers to stay clear from the zone,
adding that the police would deal ruthlessly with any person or group of people
planning to breach the peace in the affected states.
"We will not tolerate any form of political violence as
anti- thungery units are battle ready to exercise their constitutional
responsibility, " the AIG warned.