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Osun 2018: Security Beef Up In Osogbo



As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) put finishing touches to its preparation for Saturday’s governorship election in Osun state, security is being beefed up within Osogbo, the state capital and some of its adjourning towns.

Earlier this morning, at the commission’s office located on the Gbongan/Ibadan road, security men who were deployed to the state on election duties were seen arriving to be accredited and briefed on their involvement in the election process. Accreditation of security and other officials, including pressmen and election monitors was still ongoing as at the time of filing this report.

Expectedly, security has been beefed up at and around the INEC office. Some other locations within the state capital, including the state secretariat at Abere and the Central Bank of Nigeria building on Ede road, among others, are also being manned by security operatives.

Not less than two armoured personnel carriers (APC) were sighted by our correspondent at the entrance of INEC office while another one was noticed around the Olaiya axis of the state.

Men of the Counter Terrorism Unit as well as mobile and regular policemen are involved in the task of providing security for lives and properties as the people of Osun prepare to elect a new governor on Saturday.

The Nation also learnt that the security beef up in the town may not be unconnected with the arrival of sensitive materials meant to be used during Saturday’selection, earlier in the day. Sources who spoke to our reporters said the commission took early delivery of the materials to avoid any delay in the distribution of the materials for the election.

“With the sensitive materials in town, one can understand the security beef up around town. It is all to forestall any attempt by any person or group to act funny. Don’t forget that 18, 426 policemen were deployed to be part of this election process. We are taking the issue of security very serious as we go along,’ he said.

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