Barely a week to the Presidential election, Security agencies in Ughelli North Council Area in Delta State comprising men of the 222 Battalion, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC and local vigilante have agreed to work together warning that they will deal mercilessly anyone caught fomenting trouble in the area during the electioneering period.
At a combined show of force in Ughelli, the administrative headquarters of the council, the security agencies assured people of the area of violence free general elections while also warning that they are battle ready to arrest any break down of law and order.
Addressing newsmen at the exercise, Commanding Officer of 222 Battalion code named Operation Pulo Shield, Agbarho- Otor, Lt. Col. Matthew Oyekola and the Area Commander of Ughelli Police Command, ACP Smart Pedro noted that the exercise was meant to alert members of the public that they were ready for the elections.
According to them, they are ready for any security challenges that might arise during and after the general elections, most especially those who are determined to foment and scuttle the exercise in the area.
In their respective remarks, they said: “We were able to visit nine out of eleven local government areas under the supervision of the command and in doing this; we have been able to give reassurance to the people of the area that we are battle ready in giving them the needed security during and after the polls.
“The army and other security agents are in support of democracy and do not condone any form of electoral violence. Our moral is high and we are in top gear towards achieving the task ahead. All Deltans should come out in their numbers and perform their civic responsibility by voting for the candidate of their choice.”
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