The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has said it will deploy 60,000 of its personnel to ensure the security of Nigerians and government installations before, during and after the 2015 general elections.
The Corps’ Deputy Commandant-General in charge of operations, Evans Ewurum, stated this on Monday in Abuja while speaking on the Corps’ preparedness for the February elections.
He said there was no need to employ more personnel for NSCDC to be able to effectively carry out its responsibilities during the elections, insisting that the corps has the adequate manpower for the job.
Ewurum added that: “We will deploy dogs that have the capability to detect Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)”.
The Deputy Commandant-General said apart from the 25 dogs that can detect IEDs, 500 sniffer dogs will also be put to use during the polls while efforts were being made to procure more from the US before the elections.
In addition to the above measures, Ewurum said forensic psychologists and modern surveillance vehicles will be deployed.
While expressing the NSCDC’s readiness for the elections, he, however, noted that the success of the polls will depend more on the professionalism of the media. “The success of the election depends on all of us but the press has a bigger role to play by not overheating the polity through exaggerated reports”.