The Nigerian Army say it will deploy drones during the September 28 Edo governorship election.
According to the Guardian, this was stated by the Commander 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Raji Benbela during a show of force organised in collaboration with the Nigeria Police, Department of State Security (DSS), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) and other security agencies in Benin City, the Edo state capital.
Brigadier-General Benbela said the devices would used to provide aerial surveillance in the 18 local government areas and expose the activities of hoodlums.
“In addition, (the) governorship election is around the corner and the Nigerian Army, in its constitutional responsibility in support to civil authority, has a duty to protect lives and property of citizens.
“This is what informed the decision to organize this exercise in collaboration with sister security agencies, with a view to giving the electorates the confidence to exercise their franchise.”
He, however, noted that soldiers would be deployed in key locations to forestall any interference with the electoral process.
On its part, the Nigerian Police Force says it will deploy helicopters and 200 vehicles to monitor the election.
The acting Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, also said the helicopters will provide aerial surveillance during the election, while the vehicles will logistics for Police Mobile Force (PMF) personnel, as well as marine police.