Heavy security as INEC holds by-election in Lagos

Security was beefed up on Saturday at the Surulere Local Government Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission and across the constituency for the ongoing by-election in the state.

Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria correspondents monitoring the election made the observation.

They observed that security operatives from the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were everywhere.

Also, operatives of the Department of State Service and Nigerian Army mounted several roadblocks to restrict movement in and around the Federal Constituency.

The election is being held to replace Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, who represented Surulere 1 Federal Constituency.

This followed Gbajabiamila’s emergence as President Bola Tinubu’s Chief of Staff.

Several patrol vans and armoured personnel carriers loaded with armed security agents were observed patrolling streets and roads, while others were strategically stationed on bridges, flyovers and roundabouts to provide security.

At the INEC office in Surulere, no fewer than 24 police officers with several patrol vehicles were stationed to provide security.

NAN also observed a fully loaded hummer bus with NSCDC officers at the INEC Office.

Members of staff of the commission were busy preparing the stage for the final collation of election results and declaration of winner.

Twelve candidates of different political parties are scrambling for 121,111 votes of registered voters with Permanent Voter Cards in the election.

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