NYSC, tasks security agents on corps members’ safety
He spoke shortly after visiting various security agencies in the state, including the Nigerian Army, Department of State Security (DSS), the police and others.The DG implored them to play by the electoral rules during and after the election.He said the safety of corps members was paramount for a credible election and sought the support of all critical stakeholders in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Sam Olumekun, also appealed to them to be non-partisan and eschew electoral malpractices.This, he said, would guarantee a free, credible and fair election in the state.Earlier, the out-going state Police Commissioner, Chris Ezike and the Brigade Commander, 4th Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Bambella Raji, pledged their support for the safety of corps members during and after the election.
The state coordinator of the NYSC, Akyam Atine, expressed confidence that those on duty would be ready to contribute their quota to ensure that a credible election was achieved.A new Commissioner of Police, Fimihan Adeoye has resumed in the state for the election. Adeoye pledged that the rank and file of the command would demonstrate the needed professional conduct towards a hitch-free process.
The new CP is replacing Chris Ezike, who handed over at a short ceremony at the Force Headquarters in Benin City. He explained that key logistic materials, including vehicles and communication gadgets are expected to arrive from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for full-blown operational activities.
According to him, “it has been observed that no matter the modalities that the INEC has put on ground, the people must ensure that they behave in a civil manner to help democracy grow in the country.” Also, Prof. Mim Abutudu of the University of Benin, who spoke at the meeting, said the fear of electoral manipulation and rigging constitutes high-risk factors that trigger violence during polls.
He urged the INEC to ensure that materials are deployed on time to the various polling units.The Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation, Mr. Benson Olugbuo, expressed the foundation’s resolve to monitor and report the level of security threats in the conduct of elections in Nigeria.
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