The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has said there would be the safety of election officials, materials and voters ahead of Saturday’s governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
The assurance by the Corps followed the review, analysis and processing of reports and observations from the February 25 elections.
The Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, noted that efforts to curb disruption of the voting process necessitated the deployment of personnel to old and newly discovered flashpoints.
Audi ensures “the protection of critical national assets and infrastructural domains where vandalism of public utilities frequently occurred.”
He affirmed that the already deployed 102,000 officers and men who had been properly trained in regimentation, crowd control, arms bearing and election management techniques are to ensure full security coverage of the election.
The CG 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.
He warned personnel of the Corps against any form of misconduct, compromise, or accidental discharge as such acts are unpardonable under his administration.
Audi said “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,” he 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 also cautioned 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 conduct and performances during the polls.
He added that anyone found wanting will not be spared and assured those yet to receive the second tranche of the election allowance to exercise patience as glitches in the network are seriously affecting most financial transactions.
The CG said, “Except for those who supplied wrong account details, and some network glitches, many personnel had received the second credit alerts.”