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Polls: INEC meets with security chiefs in Lagos

*Recruits 30,000 ad hoc staff

BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI

LAGOS -Ahead of this weekend’s National Assembly’s election the Lagos State Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, held a crucial meeting with security chiefs of various agencies in the state as part of its security arrangement aimed at ensuring a successful violence-free election.

This came as Lagos INEC said at least 30,000 ad-hoc staff would be on hand for the election in Lagos State.

The closed-door meeting which lasted several hours  was attended by representatives of the Nigerian Police, Immigration, Army, Customs, Road Safety, Navy, Air Force and Civil Defence.

Newsmen were, however, not allowed into the area of the meeting held at the INEC Lagos Headquarters in Yaba.

Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Yakubu Alkali, said that “For those who are not willing to go by the existing roles that affect functionality of existence generally, of course, the law will take its place.”
“Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act which gives us mandate as security agencies to regulate conducts of all electioneering processes.

“This has been done up to this moment and that is why adequate security has always been provided at the campaign grounds and other meetings.

“And therefore, we have made serious and consultative appeals to all stakeholders that every participant in this election should take part according to the rules and regulations.

“Globally, violence is no longer the order of the day. Whatever one wants to seek for his own rights in form of agitation should be done according to required rules.

“Dialogue is therefore very important. If there are issues on the ground you should seek dialogue to solve them”, he said.


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