Police anti-bomb unit confident of hitch-free elections

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Command of the Nigeria Police Force says it has identified new security challenges preparatory to the 2019 elections.

The command, however, said it had put in place strategies to address such emerging issues to ensure hitch-free elections.

The acting Commissioner of Police, EOD, Kayode Egbetokun, disclosed this on Thursday at the first quarterly conference of the unit held in Ikeja, Lagos.

Speaking on the theme, “Emerging threats and strategic coverage of the 2019 elections,” Egbetokun promised that the police would not fail Nigerians in delivering free and fair elections.

He said the theme of the conference was in line with the directive of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu, to police commands and formations to ensure quality and professional service delivery during the general elections.

He said, “In two weeks, our country will be going into another general elections. Nigerians look up to two institutions –the Independent National Electoral Commission and the police – for a pleasant experience in these elections.

“The police lead other security agencies to provide security for the electoral process. We know the importance of this role in the attainment of the singular objective of hitch-free elections and there will be no excuse for failure.

“The role of the EOD in elections is very clear. We know our strength and our weaknesses. We know the threats that we are facing. We are aware that there are new challenges, but we are assuring the public that we are taking care of those challenges.

“Where we have identified gaps, we are closing those gaps. We have our strategies in place for the elections. However, we won’t disclose the threats and our strategies to the public. Our threat analysis has already put us ahead of criminals.”

Egbetokun added that the command in few days’ time would take delivery of additional equipment to boost its operational capacity.
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