A total of 36,204 personnel drawn from all the security and emergency response agencies in Lagos State have been deployed to man the March 28 and April 11 general elections in the state.
The state’s security agencies have embarked on “show of force on land, sea and air to demonstrate our readiness to confront and contain any irritation that may arise from anywhere,” Kayode Aderanti, Lagos Commissioner of Police told journalists on Thursday while addressing a press conference.
In the area of logistics, Aderanti said 500 patrol vehicles, 100 buses, 100 motorcycles, 7 trucks, 3 black Mariah trucks, 1 luxury bus, 3 armoured personnel carriers (one in each Senatorial zone), 5 gun boats and 2 Helicopters have been deployed for the elections.
“Therefore, we most solemnly pledge to be neutral, non partisan and very firm in all our dealings and operations before, during and after the elections,” the police Commissioner said.
The conference was organised to show the preparedness of the Police and other security agencies towards a successful and violence-free 2015 general elections.
Aderanti warned against politicking within the vicinity of a polling unit or collation centre on election day. He vowed to ensure strict adherence to relevant electoral laws against snatching or destruction of election materials.
The Police boss appealed to residents of the state to go out and vote candidates of their choice on days of election.
Aderanti urged members of the Press to be fair and just in reportage of developments in the course of the elections.
General A.M Sabo, brigade commander, 9th brigade, Nigerian Army assured of the commitment of the military to cooperate with other security arms to secure the voters and electoral materials.
Others present at the briefing were: T.D. Ikoli, Commanding Officer, NNS Beecroft, Navy commander; Ben Olayi, State Director, State Security Services, SSS; Akin Orebiyi, Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC among others.
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