@APCNigeria convention will be smooth sailing – security agencies

by Godwin Akanfe

The police, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have expressed readiness to make today’s national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) a smooth affair.

The Lagos State Police Command said yesterday that it had deployed enough policemen to provide adequate security during the Convention.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also said it that had deployed its officers to assist in providing security during the event.

The convention, billed for Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, will elect the party’s presidential candidate for the 2015 election.

“We have enough men on ground who are adequately kitted for the primary,” the state police spokesperson said.

“We know the responsibility for the process to be credible is rested on us and we are aware of it.

“We are willing, as usual, ‎to discharge that responsibility to the best of our ability just like we have been doing in all other elections. We know tomorrow’s election will be a bigger one and we expect more people to come into the state.

“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Aderanti, was around yesterday to see things for himself and he will be moving around today to monitor the situation again.

“Arrangements have been put in place like traffic control, security, surveillance, sniffer dogs and every other thing needed to ensure a hitch-free convention. We are deploying our full arsenal to make sure that the election is credible.”

Chibuzo Mefor, spokesperson of Lagos State Command of NSCDC, said the corps had deployed 500 officers to collaborate with the police to provide security.

He said the officers were already on ground from Tuesday and would keep vigil at the venue ahead of the convention.

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