Security agencies in Edo State yesterday stormed the streets of Benin City to remind residents of the state about the agencies’ preparedness for Saturday’s governorship election.“Inter Agencies Show of Force”, as the exercise is called, involved personnel of the Army, Police, and the Directorate of State Services.
Others were the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Air force, Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Immigration Service and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Addressing journalists after the exercise, CSP Chidi Nwabuzor, the Police Public Relations Officer, Edo State Command, said that the exercise was meant to ensure that the state was well monitored ahead of the election.
Nwabuzor also said it was meant to send a strong signal to criminal elements in the state that security agencies were ready to ensure a peaceful election and should not be tried.
He further said that the security agencies were working with the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure credible election come next Saturday.
Areas covered during the exercise included Sapele Road, Sokponba Road, Erediawa Road and Murtala Mohammed Way.
Others were Ikpoba slope/Ramat Park, Aduwawa Road, Upper Mission Extension, New Benin, New Lagos Road, Boundary Road, Airport Road, Akenzua Road, Ekenhua Road and the Uselu/Lagos Road.
The exercise is expected to continue today.