ABUJA: MORE police officers are expected to be drafted to Borno State to check against any breach of security by the Boko Haram insurgents during next month’s general election .
State Commissioner of Police, Clement Adoda, who could however not disclose figures, confirmed the plans during a sensitization meeting with political parties in Maiduguri on Wednesday.
He said that the command was also considering the possibilities of seeking additional troops from other states to beef up security during the polls.
“There is need for external support during the elections and I have talked to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on this. I want to assure you of our readiness to ensure peaceful conduct of the election in the state,” he said.
“The Inspector General of Police (IGP) is in constant touch with the command and had assured of assisting us all the needed support to ensure a hitch free election in the state,” he added.
Adoda said police were already considering external support from other commands to ensure adequate security.
“We are looking forward to having deployment of Mobile Squadron from states like Lagos and Port Harcourt where we have more that one squadron in place.” He said the military could be drafted to provide support should the situation degenerated.
“The military is always on standby in every situation. But if there is the need for the military assistance to civil authority during the elections, be rest assured of our preparedness to invite them.” Borno is worst affected by terror posed by the Boko Haram terror group.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY