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Police bar non-federal security agencies from Kano rerun elections

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The Kano State Police Command has barred non-federal security operatives from participating in the upcoming February 3rd rerun elections into the State House of Assembly.

The State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Usaini Gumel, announced this at a stakeholders meeting between the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies on Wednesday, in Kano.

The State House of Assembly rerun election will involve three constituencies, including Kunchi/Tsanyawa, Kura/Garunmalam and Tofa/Rimin Gado.

Speaking after the stakeholders meeting at the Police Headquarters, the state’s INEC Commissioner, Amb. Abdu Zango, stated that training of adhoc staff has since commenced in the state, adding that both sensitive and non-sensitive materials are all on ground.

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“I am glad to report that all preparations towards the rerun elections coming up on 3rd of February are on course. The logistics and all others are on course.

“We have had meetings with all stakeholders, political parties, civil society, media and today we had a meeting with security agencies so that we devise strategies for a free, fair and credible election in a very secured environment.

“I have been given all assurances that things will go smooth, I am dealing with professionals, they have done that before, they will do it again. I am very confident of the arrangement so far,” Zango said.

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He further explained that as usual, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) members will serve as the adhoc field workers while the university dons will play their roles as the Returning Officers.

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