2019 Polls: Tightened Security Against Postponed Elections In Ekiti State

The Ekiti State Police Command has tightened security around the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, where election materials are deposited. Last Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recalled electoral materials deployed for the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections across the 16 local government areas of the state. The action followed the postponement of the elections to February 23 and March 9. The commission cited logistical and operational challenges for its action.

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Police Commissioner Asuquo Amba, who said there was no room for security lapses ahead of the conduct of the general elections, noted that the deployment of more security operatives was to safeguard sensitive materials kept in the apex bank. Addressing reporters yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, Amba assured political parties that the materials were in safe custody and heavy security protection.Amba, who spoke through the command’s spokesman Caleb Ikechukwu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said: “If you visit the CBN office in Ekiti now, you will see more security men around the place. We are cognisant of the fact that security lapses could mar these coming polls and we are guarding against that. “As we speak, we have drafted more mobile policemen and our men from the Special Protection Unit (SPU), who are specially trained on how to protect election materials, are there.“We are working round the clock to block all loopholes that criminals can use to truncate the process. So, there is no cause for worry. “Our people, particularly all parties, should rest assured that we shall ensure that all the materials are delivered to the designated points. There will be no room for diversion.” The police chief hailed the residents for their peaceful and violence-free gestures.He added that the command had not arrested anyone in connection with any form of violence since electioneering activities began in the state. On the allegations raised by the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Gboyega Oguntuase, that his members were attacked in Igbara Odo and Omuo Ekiti by suspected party thugs, Amba said: “We have not received any formal petition from the party concerning this.“This command is apolitical and neutral. So, if we have any evidence of attack by any party, we are going to investigate and whoever is found guilty shall be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.” Amba said the three other police commissioners deployed to the state by the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, for the election had been directed to return to Abuja temporarily due to the postponement.“They have been asked to return to Abuja temporarily. By Thursday, they will return to Ekiti. The essence of their presence in the state was to make sure we have tight security across the three senatorial districts. This is because each commissioner is to man each of the districts for better performance of our men,” he said

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