The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday said it had imported 15 dogs specially trained to detect Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) composed with certain chemicals from the United States of America to boost security ahead of Saturday’s Osun gubernatorial election.
The Deputy Commandant General, Operations, Mr Evans Ewurum, who made this known while speaking with journalists at the Osun State Command of the Civil Defence Corps, gave a matching order to political touts hired to disrupt the exercise to leave the state before 6pm on Friday, or risk being disgraced.
Ewurum, however, assured that the Corps, in carrying out the directive, would do so with the highest level of discipline.
While reiterating that NSCDC had deployed no fewer than 20,000 armed and unarmed personnel drawn from neighbouring states and from its national headquarters, Abuja, to ensure maximum security during and after the election, Ewurum warned personnel against receiving any form of gratification from politicians, adding that anyone caught in the act would be dismissed outrightly.
His words, “we are not here to give birth to Caesar but to bury Caesar. Our job here is to ensure that the vote counts. We are not unaware that politicians have massively engaged unemployed youths as touts from within and neighbouring states to infiltrate the state in order to disrupt the exercise.
“We want to alert them that Osun election is not for criminals, touts and other criminals. Our Commandant General has given necessary incentives to our officer as a strategy to avert possible collection of gratification, which is not in our character.
“We all know that the state is already tensed. To this effect, the Civil Defence is here in full force to ensure that there is adequate peace and protection of Osun citizens, electorates and the electoral materials, as well as INEC officials”.
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