360,000 security operatives, US sniffer dogs for general elections

By Post Nigeria January 19, 2015 10:34

360,000 security operatives, US sniffer dogs for general elections

As the 2015 elections draw closer, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies have increased security measures to ensure the polls are successful.

Security agencies said about 360,000 operatives as well as 25 sniffer dogs from the United States would be deployed in different states for the 2015 general elections.

The Inspector General of Police IGP, Suleiman Abba, said about 300,000 of his men had been trained for the elections in partnership with INEC and development partners.

“Policing the society has always been a challenge, all the police officers will be deployed in the elections; over 300, 000 officers will be used. The Commonwealth has also offered to help us in that respect of training by 21st of this month. Some of the trainings are even train-the-trainers until it gets to the last person on their roles during the elections.”

The Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, Prof. Ade Abolurin also revealed that 60,000 of his officers would secure lives and properties during the election, adding that sniffer dogs from the United States US were imported to detect explosives during the election.

The Security Chiefs represented by the Deputy Commandant-General Operations, Mr. Evan Ewurum, spoke at the end of a two day conference in Abuja titled: “Nigeria 2015 Elections and Beyond: Roles of State and Non-State Actors in Mitigating Violence in Elections”.

The event was organized by the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democratic and Development in collaboration with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.