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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Saturday said it is set to deploy the Department of State Services, Nigerian Army, Police and other security agencies to upscale the security around its assets and facilities nationwide.
PLATFORM TIMES recalls that hoodlums burnt INEC offices located at Abeokuta South local government in Ogun and Ede South local government of Osun states last Thursday.
The commission disclosed that the decision came as a resolution of the emergency meeting of the inter- agency consultative committee on election security (ICCES) held on Friday.
In a statement signed by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), the commission noted that the meeting discussed their concerns in the rising incidents of attacks on supporters and facilities of political parties, ostensibly by political opponents.
It added, ” It is even more worrisome that these are happening as several electoral activities that will precede the elections are in progress such as the display of the register of voters for claims and objections nationwide.”
In view of this, the commission stated, “Security agencies will upscale intelligence gathering, sharing and utilisation of same to stem further sabotage.
“Deployment of joint Security and Safety Teams to all INEC assets and facilities nationwide forthwith. The teams will include, among others, the Police, Army, DSS, Civil Defence and the Federal Fire Service.
“In addition to the measures already taken for the arrest and prosecution of offenders, the Inspector General of Police, as head of the lead agency in internal security, shall convene a meeting of all political parties, candidates and other critical stakeholders to reiterate the imperative of peaceful campaign and to convey the enforcement measures to be taken against violators.
“Decisive lawful action shall be taken against purveyors of hate speech, incitement to violence, mobilisation of thugs and other violations, including the prompt arrest, investigation and prosecution of offenders in line with the provisions of Sections 92 and 93 of the Electoral Act 2022. Those already arrested will face prosecution immediately.”
Similarly, “the meeting appealed to Nigerians to continue to support INEC and the security agencies to ensure a peaceful and secure environment for the 2023 General Election.”
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