Intent on ensuring that the supplementary elections slated for Saturday, 15th April 2023 go to plan, the Commandant General (CG), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Audi has ordered that personnel of the Corps be massively deployed across the twenty four states where the elections are to hold.
A Statement by the Director of Public Relations, NSCDC Headquarters, Abuja, Olusola Odumosu quoted the Commandant General as stating that to forestall any breach of peace in all the 2,660 polling units, 185 Local Government Areas in the country, the need for security measures cannot be overemphasized.
According to the Statement, the CG expects a high level inter-agency collaboration with other security outfits just as he urged the Personnel of NDCDC to exude an aura of patriotism towards ensuring an effective management of the elections.
“A peaceful atmosphere and a secure environment devoid of tension, acrimony or any electoral malpractices is sacrosanct to the success of the elections.
“Ensure that you remain neutral, apolitical, and unbiased and on no account must you be seen working for any politician or party, but only for national Interest,” CG said.
He directed all the State Commandants in the affected areas to identify black spots, volatile points or polling units and deploy personnel and equipment effectively to prevent any unfortunate occurence.
The CG read the riot act to the personnel regarding electoral fraud or activities inimical to the Image of the Corps, adding that the individual should consider himself or herself dismissed as the Corps will not condone or harbour any criminal elements within its fold.
He charged all eligible voters to go out en-masse to vote for the candidates of their choice in a lawful and orderly manner or have themselves to blame, warning that officers and men have been mandated to deal decisively with anyone attempting to disrupt or scuttle the election process.
While he frowned at political activities that could engender loss of lives, he advised political actors to play by the rules of the game and to display good spirit of sportsmanship before, during and after the elections.