By Ayodele Ayelomi
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi said it has started withdrawing all sensitive election materials earlier issued out for the conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections.
Mr, Ahmed Biambo, INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity in the state, in Lokoja on Saturday said that the materials were being returned back to all the local government offices of the commission.
He said that further directive was being awaited on whether to return the sensitive materials to the Central Bank of Nigeria or to the police armoury for safe keeping. He said the office has also ordered immediate transportation of all ad hoc staff, especially youth corps members back to their bases.
He admitted that the office did not receive ballot papers for the Kogi East senatorial election until about 2am when the election was suddenly postponed.
Also, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Busari has urged residents to resume their normal activities following the postponement of the elections.
Busari who briefed the media after a review meeting on situation with other security agencies, said that security was being beefed up around sensitive election materials in all parts of the state.
He said that comprehensive security measures were in place to protect life and property, saying that the force will not condone any break down of security under whatever guise. He said security forces will continue to patrol major streets and carry out show of force to deter hoodlums and their sponsors. Busari also confirmed that some people considered to be threat to free conduct of the elections were arrested in different parts of the state.