Kogi guber: Police deploy 35,000 additional personnel ahead of Nov. 16 election

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The Federal Executive Council(FEC) has approved the sum of N58.48 billion for the Bida-Saachi-Nupeko Road project and the Nupeko-Pategi Bridge project, which links Niger and Kwara States. The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said it was an old contract, which was terminated and reviewed. “You heard the project involved, the Bida-Saachi-Nupeko Road and we have attached bridge — the Nupeko-Pategi Bridge across the River Niger, to link Nupeko in Niger and Pategi in Kwara State together. “And also facilitate connectivity from South West to North Central and North of Nigeria. “ It is an old contract, actually, it was awarded in 2013, terminated for non-performance, re-evaluated. “It didn’t have a bridge then; we have added a bridge now; approved now for N58. 488 billion; and it is expected to take 30 months.’’ Fashola, who fielded questions from State House Correspondents on the state of roads across the country, said that the rainy season hampered road construction and rehabilitation. He said it was not peculiar to Nigeria as cities had submerged and infrastructure blown down in other parts of the world, NAN reports The minister said that what Nigeria experienced in 2019 was unusual, as it was not a good time to be in the transport system. “We also want this season to quickly end so that we can go back to work during dry weather. “And that takes me to preparation for the end of the year; you know we have the ember preparation. “The team has already started work; we will be working with FRSC; we will also be working with our contractors. “The plan is that in places where they have not yet constructed, they should make palliatives, so that the heavy traffic movement during the end of the year is manageable and will reduce the inconvenience of commuters to the barest minimum.” he said.

Kogi guber: Police deploy 35,000 additional personnel ahead of Nov. 16 election

the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, has deployed additional 35,000 policemen to Kogi State to ensure “visibility policing ” of lives and property before and during the November 16 governorship election holding in the state.

Kayode Ayilara, the Assistant Commissioner of police in charge of operation in the state announced this in Lokoja on Wednesday, NAN reports.

The police chief disclosed this while responding to concern raised about the neutrality of the police in the coming election at an event organised by a non-governmental organisation, ‘Search For Common Ground’.

He said that the deployed policemen will arrive the state on Nov. 11, saying that they are coming from Abuja and other states.

Ayilara said that armed policemen will also be positioned at identified strategic areas in the state to ensure quick response to any emergency.

He said that four policemen will be deployed to each of the 2,548 polling units in the state, assuring citizens of police neutrality in their conduct before and during the election.

An official of the NGO, Mrs Lola Memedu, had earlier in a presentation, expressed worry over the steady rise in tension in the state ahead of the election.

Memedu said that the group through its Electoral Empowerment of Civil Society Project (EECSP), had observed cases of violence and physical attacks between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Series of attacks have been recorded during campaign rallies and party activities.

“Dekina and Ankpa Local Governments have recorded the highest number of violence attacks among party members and supporters.

“For example, on the 19th of Oct, 2019 a party supporter was shot dead in Anyingba during one of the political party rallies.

“The number of death recorded in Anyingba and Ankpa communities is quite alarming.

“There has been a rise in the use of political thugs to perpetrate violence,
as this was recorded in Dekina, Ankpa, Olamaboro, Omala, and Idah Local Government Areas,” she said.

According to Memedu, the objective of the report is to identify potential threats to peaceful election at the pre-and post-election stages.

This, she said, will facilitate an early response by stakeholders
like the Police, INEC and the National Orientation Agency with the intention of intervening to prevent violence.

The group also urged the media to report issues relating to the process, conduct and outcome of the election objectively to douse tension and prevent violence.

Kogi guber: Police deploy 35,000 additional personnel ahead of Nov. 16 election

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