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Polls: Anti-bomb squad ‘will be out in full force’

2015-02-04 13:40

Lagos – Police say they are geared up for the upcoming 14 February elections and several initiatives have been put in place to make sure the polls are free, fair and credible.

Speaking in a video posted on YouTube, Assistant spokesperson for the Nigerian police force, Chief Superintendent Abayomi Shogunle assured the nation of a peaceful and non-violent election.

Shogunle said a police anti-bomb squad was ready to deal with any attempts of suicidal bombings.

Watch the video below.

"If there is any election in Nigeria that received the most elaborate plan by the Nigeria force, it is sure the 2015 general election. As far back as 2013, the force had started planning for the 2015 general election," said Shogunle.

Shogunle's remarks come as many fear for their safety during the elections. Of particular concern is the issue of the north east part of the country where Boko Haram Islamist insurgents have continued to unleash violent attacks.

Security analysts believe Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, will likely be hit again before polling day, given its symbolism for the group and because it would undermine the vote, which it sees as "un-Islamic".

Boko Haram was founded in 2002 in Maiduguri, which is currently home to hundreds of thousands of people displaced by violence elsewhere in the country's far northeast in the last six years.

The militants are in control of most of the state and have effectively surrounded the city, which is seen as one of the few places left in Borno where voting could feasibly still take place.

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