By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has deployed over 1,000 personnel to maintain peace in Kogi State as the Supreme Court delivers judgment on the Kogi State governorship election appeals on Tuesday.
A statement informed that the Commandant of the Corps in the state, Everestus Obiyo, who stated this at a press briefing in Lokoja on Monday, said the effort was to avert possible breakdown of law and order after the court judgment.
According to him, peace remains the hallmark of any meaningful development, urging the people of the state to remain calm and display sense of maturity during and after the judgment.
He reiterated the Corps’ mandate to protect critical infrastructure in the state.
Obiyo urged traditional rulers, religious leaders, parents and guardians, to educate their people on the need to avoid acts capable of undermining peace in the state.
The commandant urged youths in the state to desist from any act that could land them in trouble, but engage in lawful businesses and ventures as means of livelihood.
A former Governor of the State, Captain Idris Wada, and a contender for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress for the election, James Faleke, had approached the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the governorship election petitions tribunal, which dismissed all six petitions challenging the election of Governor Yahaya Bello.