36,204 security agents deployed in Lagos
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36,204 security agents deployed in Lagos

Kenny Awotorebo

The Lagos State Police Command said on Thursday that 36,204 security agents would be involved in the   elections.

The CP, Kayode Aderanti, told journalists at a news conference in Lagos   that the number comprised men of the NPF, the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Department of State Services , the Nigeria Immigration Service and others.

Aderanti added that 500 patrol vehicles, 100 buses, 100 motorcycles, seven trucks, three Black Maria trucks, one luxury bus, three Armoured Personnel Carriers, one in each senatorial zone would also be deployed in the state.

According to him, five gunboats will man the waters while two helicopters will be used for aerial surveillance and patrol.

The Lagos CP said movement would be restricted from 6am to 6pm. But the IG had on Monday said that there would be restriction of movement from 5am to 5pm.

Aderanti   stated, “Parents are warned to speak to their kids and wards not to be used to perpetrate violence. We’re ready to arrest such persons. 6am to 6pm is the restriction time for movement. There’ll be total lock down. Try and complete your movement before 6am. We however reassure those who are essential workers, that their security would be guaranteed.”

The state REC,   Akin Orebiyi, also told journalists that speed and commercial boats as well as canoes were ready to take voting materials to   the riverine parts of the state.

The Commander, 9 Brigade, Brig.Gen. A.M. Sabo, while reacting to a question on whether the army was not flouting a court order by deploying its men in states,   said since the army was specifically called for a national assignment, it   had no choice but to comply.

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