Clement Idoko – Abuja
The management of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has put in place strong security arrangements to ensure the success of the country’s gubernatorial and state assembly elections on Saturday.
The Corps also disclosed that it has deployed personnel appropriately to some identified hotspots in some US states after reviewing, analyzing and processing field reports and observations for the February 25, 2023 presidential and congressional elections. federal.
Confirming the developments in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, NSCDC Director of Public Relations Mr. Olusola Odumosu said the enhanced security measures were to ensure that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff, election materials and citizens were protected during the election period.
NSCDC Commander-in-Chief Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, addressing some of the personnel who are preparing to deploy to the states for the gubernatorial and state assembly elections, said deployments to old and newly identified hotspots are imperative to contain disruptions in the voting process.
“Ensure the protection of critical national assets and areas of infrastructure where acts of utility vandalism are frequent occurrences,” he ordered.
He affirmed that the 102,000 troops already deployed with proper training in formation, crowd control, weapons carrying and election administration techniques will ensure full security coverage of the elections.
He assured Nigerians that the Corps will continue to work with the public to obtain credible information to nip criminal activity in the bud before, during and after elections.
Audi requires all those responsible for elections to abide by the rules of participation and to familiarize themselves with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), the Code of Ethics and the revised electoral law.
He warned against any form of misconduct, compromise or unexpected dismissal, as such behavior was inexcusable under his leadership.
“You must be professional, neutral, non-partisan, respect the basic human rights of citizens, and avoid intimidation and harassment of voters.
“Staff must respect the basic human rights of citizens and protect voters from political thugs, arrests of ticket buyers and election fraud.
“You guys ensure law and order is followed, be good ambassadors and maintain the integrity of the system,” CG said.
The NSCDC boss reiterated the need for continued cooperation with the police and other security agencies involved in election security duties, advising them to avoid unnecessary confrontation but maturely deal with misunderstandings, if any.
Audi warns pranksters who may intend to commit violence Learn from the last presidential and National Assembly elections where many political thugs were killed while looting ballot boxes among other electoral crimes
He urged staff to attract only good reviews of the service through their conduct and performance during the polls, as anyone found wanting would not be spared, and assured those who had not yet received a second tranche of election allowances to be patient, Because network failures seriously affect most financial transactions.
“Apart from those who provided incorrect account information and some network glitches, many people have received second credit alerts,” CG informed.
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