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Kaduna Govt, Security Chiefs Strategise For Peaceful Polls

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Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has initiated consultations with the country’s security chiefs on how to make the state peaceful during the forthcoming elections.

At a stakeholders’ meeting in Kafanchan, the headquarters of Jema’a local government area yesterday, el-Rufai said that recent intelligence reports indicated that some people want to foment trouble in Southern Kaduna before or during the elections.

He claimed that the reports showed that the planners want the violence to spread to other parts of the state because they have sensed defeat in the electoral contest.

el-Rufai told the audience that he had  met with the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olanisakin, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai) and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu on the matter.

According to him, the service chiefs promised to strengthen security in Kaduna before and during elections.

el-Rufai said that the security chiefs had assured him that they would deploy more personnel to handle the security threat.

The governor advised parents to warn their children to be of good behaviour, adding that they should not carry weapons on elections day.

He warned: “Tell your children and wards that the only thing that they should carry with them on election day to the polling unit is their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). The police will arrest them if they carry weapons.”

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