Ahead of saturday’s governorship and state houses of assembly elections across the country, the 222 battalion, Zone 2 of Sector 1, JTF, Pulo Shield, Agbarha-Otor, Nigeria Police Force, NPF, Nigeria Civil Defense Corps, Vigilance group, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC and Red Cross Friday embarked on a show of force across its command in readiness for the election.
Among the local government areas covered during the show of force by the 222 battalion and other security agents were Ethiope East, Ughelli North/South, Udu, Ndokwa North/East, Isoko North/ South, Patani, Okpe and Bomadi local government areas of Delta State.
The Commanding Officer, 222 battalion, Lt. Col. Mathew Oyekola who led the security agencies across the eleven local government areas of Delta State, warned all ballot box snatchers, desperate politicians, hoodlums, assassins to beware of polling booths or be ready to face the wrought of the security agents.
Oyekola who said his men and other security agents around his command will not entertained any form of electoral crime before, during and after the general elections, explained that his command will not compromise to any undue electoral process that will deter the smooth process of the today’s elections.
Speaking further, the Commanding Office, Oyekola said that his command had before now deployed security agents to all strategic areas that are prone to electoral violence and ones spotted as grounds for ballot snatching, hoodlums and political malpractices.
Oyekola said, “We came out to for this show of force to tell our parents, brothers and sisters around these areas my command is covering that there is no need for them to be afraid since the security agents are there to protect them during the election. They should go and cast their vote without violence.
“We were not unaware of the prone violence areas in my command and how some of this desperate politician have been carrying out their operation in their areas but we are we out to tell them that we are up to the task and that is what we will continue to maintain throughout today election.
“You and l know that the Nigeria police are saddled with the responsibility of protecting the ballot boxes and all the polling units, but we will be there to ensure that the electorates who are out to cast their votes are protected without harassment from anybody in the disguise of anything to disrupt the exercise.”