NSCDC STRENGTHENS SECURITY MEASURES AHEAD OF GOVERNORSHIP, STATE ASSEMBLY ELECTION
By Oki Samson, Trek Africa Newspaper
Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, OFR, Commandant General, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
Following the review, analysis, and processing of reports and observations from the field on the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on the 25th of February, 2023, the management of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has put in place a robust security arrangement geared towards the success of the forthcoming governorship election. National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP gathered that the tightened security approach is to ensure that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff, election materials and citizens are secured during the elections.
The Commandant General of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, OFR made this known while addressing some personnel ready for deployment to various states for the Governorship and State Assembly election. He said that the firm conviction of the Corps to curb disruption of the voting process in old and newly discovered flashpoints necessitated the deployment of personnel.
Dr. Audi ordered: “Ensure the protection of critical national assets and infrastructural domains where vandalism of public utilities frequently occurred,”
He assured that the Corps will continue to work with members of the public to obtain credible information to nip criminal activities in the bud before, during and after the election.
Audi charged all personnel on election duty to observe the rules of engagement and get themselves acquainted with the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), code of ethics, and the electoral law as amended.
He warned against any form of misconduct, compromise, or accidental discharge as such acts are unpardonable under his administration.
“You must be professional, apolitical, and non-partisan, respect the fundamental human rights of the citizens, and avoid Intimidation and harassment of voters.
“Personnel must respect fundamental human rights of citizens, protect voters against political thugs, arrest vote buyers, election fraudsters.
“You are to ensure the obedience of law and order, be good ambassadors and maintain the integrity of the system,” CG said.
The Corps helmsman reiterated the need for continuous partnership with the police and other security agencies involved in election security duties, advising them to avoid unnecessary confrontation but to handle misunderstandings (in case of any) with maturity.
Audi warned mischief makers who may intend to perpetrate violence to take lessons from the last Presidential and National Assembly election where many political thugs lost their lives while snatching ballot boxes amongst other electoral crimes. He urged personnel to attract only good comments to the service with their conducts and performances during the polls as anyone found wanting will not be spared and assured those yet to receive the second tranch of the election allowance to exercise patience as glitches in the network is seriously affecting most financial transactions.
The CG told NAOSNP, “Except for those who supplied wrong account details, and some network glitches, many personnel had received the second credit alerts”.