The residents of Bayelsa State have been urged to provide maximum security for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) that would serve as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad hoc staff during the November 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
The Director-General of the NYSC, Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, made the call during a meeting with the Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the governorship candidates in the state.
A statement issued by the NYSC spokesperson, Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi, said the director-general described the corps members as national assets who deserve maximum protection from all Nigerians.
He said the NYSC members are non-partisan electoral umpires who are always ready to contribute their quota to national development.
The statement quoted the IGP as saying that 32,000 policemen had been deployed for the election.
He appealed to all political gladiators in the state to abide by the electoral laws, adding that no form of political violence would be tolerated.
“All election observers, journalists, and civil society members must be properly accredited and we promise maximum protection for all law-abiding residents of the state,” he said.
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