Tight security at INEC National Collation Centre



Security operatives, on Saturday, mounted heavy security presence at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Collation Centre situated at the International Conference Centre (ICC) and the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

Armoured vehicles and security personnel, both armed and unarmed, were strategically positioned at the entrance of the centre, located in the Central Business District of Abuja.

Security vehicles were also stationed at the access roads leading to the centre.

Only accredited people including the media, observer groups, INEC officers on duty as well as vehicles with access stickers were allowed access into the centre.

Security arrangement s at INEC headquarters, Maitama Abuja was also tight as security personnel also manned the gate and premises of the building.

Some of the security agencies at the centre include the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps, Fire Service, Vehicles Inspection Officers (VIO), and Department of State Service.


Elections: Soldiers enforce vehicular restriction along Abuja-Kaduna Road


Some vehicles around Zuba, Madalla and Kaduna Road in Abuja and Suleja and Tafa Local Governments of Niger were apprehended by military personnel at Madalla market Junction and Zuma Barracks in Suleja Local Government.

Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, had ordered restriction of vehicular movement
from 6 a.m to 6 p.m.

Motorists were seen violating the order along Abuja Kaduna Express way and within metropolis.

Scores of cars and articulated vehicles were apprehended by military personnel at Zuma Barracks
junction in compliance with the order.

Bilya Abdulkarim, a resident of Kaduna Road, Suleja, said that he met the military personnel at Madalla
Market arresting motorists who violated the directive.

He said: “I was not allowed to pass via Abuja Kaduna route and had to take another route to polling unit”.

Similarly, Umar Abdulkarim, another resident, said some soldiers were also at Zuma Barracks to implement
the restriction order.



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