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Thursday, 16 February 2023 16:05

Election: Security Agencies To Deploy 400,000 Personnel – IGP

A total of 400,000 personnel would be deployed for the safe conduct of the 2023 general election by security agencies, Naija News has learnt.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali, on Thursday, made the disclosure when he appeared at the Ministerial Media Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, the police will be providing over 300,000 personnel of the total figure, while other security agencies in the country would source to make up the remaining to balance it.

The police boss also revealed that an intelligence unit is in place to track and apprehend those who may engage in vote buying and saboteurs of the election.

Alkali also groaned about the ongoing fuel scarcity and naira crisis, saying it might pose some sought of threats to the polls if not arrested.

He however was optimistic that the situation would be under control before the polls, which is in less than 10 days.

He noted that “We are very sure the situation of cash and petrol will stabilize before the conduct of the election.”

Meanwhile, Naija News reported on Monday that a total number of 13,000 security personnel would be needed in Enugu State for the conduct of the forthcoming general election.

It was gathered that the development was disclosed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Enugu State, Dr Chukwuemeka Chukwu.

According to him, work is ongoing by the Inter-agency Consultation Committee on Election Security to mobilise and deploy the required number of security personnel to ensure hitch-free elections in the state.

It was learnt that Chukwu, on Monday in Enugu, disclosed that the required 13,000 security personnel would be deployed to the 4,145 polling units, 260 Registration Area Centres and collation centres across the 17 council areas of the state.

He said “We are working ahead of the commission’s schedule and ensuring practical, proactive implementation of all timelines of INEC in the state.

“We have continued to have constant meetings and engagement with stakeholders to ensure secured, free, fair and credible elections in Enugu State.

“We are ready to ensure that 2023 elections will be the best in the state, especially with the use of technology.”

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