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Presidential poll: Security beefed up in Abuja

Abuja – Security has been beefed up on major highways in Abuja, as Nigerians go to the poll for presidential election, Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that heavily-armed military personnel erected road blocks on the major roads leading to the city.

NAN also reports that the security personnel were stopping and searching vehicles, a situation that caused slight traffic hold ups along the Kubwa and Nyanya express ways.
On the Gwagwalada highway, security was tight, as men of the Nigeria Air force were seen searching and stopping vehicles, while other security personnel were at alert at the polling units visited.

Security around INEC offices in Abuja is tight, as the entire area around the Electoral Institute in Abuja, which will serve as the collation centre had been sealed by security operatives.

The same security arrangement was replicated at the INEC offices in Area 10 in Abuja and at the INEC headquarters in Maitama also in Abuja.  

Armed mobile policemen supported by armoured tanks, Anti Bomb Disposal units and men of the Fire Service took positions around the office.

Meanwhile the Nigerian Navy has commenced patrol of the Creeks of the Niger Delta region to ensure security of the waterways during the presidential election.

Spokesman for NNS Pathfinder based in Port Harcourt, Lt. Ann Ejue, said in Port Harcourt that some naval vessels with personnel had been dispatched to the creeks.

She also said that the navy had moved voting materials to the river side communities, adding, “we have dispatched security boats to take positions in the creeks’’.
She further said that other military personnel will join the naval boats on the patrol.


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