The Taraba State Police command on Friday said they have deployed over 5000 personnel across the 16 Local government areas of the state ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly Elections.
Police Public Relations Officer in Taraba, ASP David Misal told our correspondent in a telephone interview that the police and other sister organizations were well prepared for the election.
While assuring the people of the state of the determination of the police and other security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the election on Saturday, Misal warned criminals and thugs not to meddle in election.
“We had a peaceful Presidential and National Assembly Elections last two weeks and we are poised to ensure a more peaceful election come Saturday, ” he said.
Though the commanding officer of the 20 Army Battalion Serti in Taraba state could not be reached at the time of filing this report, however findings reveals that over 700 army personnel were deployed for the election in Taraba.
The army personnel and other sister organizations deployed for the election had earlier on Thursday met with the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, Alkasin Sanusi at the state command headquarters in Jalingo, where they were adequately briefed of their roles for Saturday’s exercise.
In the mean time, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Taraba on Friday said it had concluded arrangements for the Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly Elections in the state.
Public Relations Officer of the Commission in the state, Fabian Yame told journalists in Jalingo that all sensitive and non sensitive materials have all been distributed to various local government areas in the state.
“We have completed all arrangements for the Saturday’s election.
“All smart card readers for the election have been configured and ready for the election. We are equally prepared for any logistical challenge that may come up,” he said.
Meanwhile the Taraba state chapter of National Peace committee (NPC), have tasks religious groups in the state to live in hamony during and after the saturday’s governorship and state assembly elections.
The secretary of the committee Justin Tyopuusu,while addressing Journalist in Jalingo, also appealed to political actors to caution their supporters on peaceful conduct during and after the saturday’s elections.
Tyopuusu appreciated religious leaders, security agencies and other stakeholders for their conduct during the February 23th presidential and national assembly polls.
“We are pleased with the peaceful conduct of the February 23rd Presidential and National Assembly elections in Taraba State.
We wish to specifically appreciate the role of security agencies, religious leaders and other critical stakeholders for the roles they played in ensuring peaceful conduct of the last election in the state and we urged them to do more during the forthcoming Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly election.
The role being played by the leadership of the Muslim Council Taraba State and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in ensuring stability and peaceful coexistence among the major religions in the state (Islam and Christianity) is highly commendable and we call on adherents of the two religion to follow the footsteps of their leaders and work for the peace and development of Taraba State”.
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