Military, Police, DSS assure Nigerians of security during, after elections
Nigerian military, Nigeria Police and the country secret service the Department of State Services DSS on Thursday re-assured Nigerians electorates of their commitments to provide a conducive atmosphere for a peaceful general elections on Saturday, February 25 and March 11, 2023.
They reaffirmed their ability to guarantee security at a joint security press conference in Abuja that was addresses by the Director of Defence Information, DDI, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, the Force Public Relations Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi and DSS Public Relations Officer Peter Afunanya, Ph.D,
They said that the security agencies have completed arrangements to provide security in all polling booths and ensure hitch free elections.
Adejobi said that state governments owned security apparatus and vigilantes are not part of the arrangements for the elections security. Personnel of state governments owned security agencies are not taking part in the arrangements and any of them found loitering around would be arrested.
According to the Police spokesperson, movement of persons and vehicles would be restricted as from 12 pm midnight on Friday, February 24 and 6 pm on Saturday February 25, 2023.
He said that only accredited journalists by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and persons on essential services i.e. Telecommunication staff on duty, Doctors on calls etc would be allowed to access the roads. He adviced electorates whose polling booths are located far from their homes to get closer to their unit location on Friday.
Adejobi said that VIP are not permitted to go to the polling booth with their orderly . According to the Police only an Aide -in -Camp (ADC), would be allowed to accompany state governor into a polling centre. He emphasised that any security personnel who violate the directive and accompanied a VIP to polling centre would be arrested.
The Police also said that the ban on the use of siren on unauthorized vehicles is still in force.
Adejobi said the the security agencies are ready to protect democracy and ensure hitch free security, fair and creditable elections.
He adviced electorates without PVC to stay off the streets and polling centres. Adejobi also advised the media to be objective and avoid fake news.
Spokesman of the Department of State Services ,DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya said that the agency had pledged to be neutral and professional. DSS also pledged good conduct of its personnel to the democratic process.
“It will continue to discharge its mandate of disseminating timely, actionable and proactive intelligence necessary for tactical, operational and strategic decisions even beyond the elections.”
Also, it will partner with other sister security and law enforcement agencies; all levels and arms of Government and indeed all stakeholders particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and relevant Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organisations to ensure a hitch free electoral exercise.
The Department enjoined residents to cast their votes without any form of violence and also maintain the peace after that.
DSS said that in pursuit of a desired environment for the elections, it engaged in proactive and intelligence-led operations across the States. For instance, on 22nd February, 2023, the Service conducted a legally backed search operation on a property along Airport Road, Nasarawa LGA, Kano State.
“During the operation, it recovered dangerous weapons including a gun, daggers, swords, jack-knives from the said building.
He said that “the accusation that the Service intimidated a particular political party in that State is untrue; otherwise, how come those weapons were found there? Are those objects of violence campaign materials?
“Whether in Kano or elsewhere, the DSS has provided equal opportunities for all political parties to engage in their lawful activities. We can say this without any form of contradictions or equivocations,” he said.
On his part, Brigadier General Gusau recalled that early this week the Chief of Defence Staff General Lucky Irabor has met with Service Chiefs and other heads of other security agencies in Abuja as part of preparations ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
“Similarly, the National Security Council met yesterday with a charge to the AFN and other security agencies to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections. I
“In both meetings the CDS has assured the nation that we are set for the conduct of a hitch-free elections in the country. He further assured that the AFN is very prepared to support the Nigerian Police and other govt agencies responsible for conducting elections.
The CDS had sent out strong messages that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is committed to total collaboration with other security agencies to ensure this election is successful. In the word of CDS “the elections will be conducted and everyone will have the liberty to exercise his franchise”.
Brigadier general Gusau said” the Armed Forces of Nigeria is committed to strong and virile constitutional democracy. We are very loyal to the Nigerian state and are ready to depend democracy at all cost. “
During the election periods all our normal operations and duties will continue simultaneously across the country.
OP SAFE CONDUCT has been activated to provide guidance to AFN during elections.
The Defence Headquarters has established a monitoring team in conjunction with other Security Agencies that will oversee the process in FCT and all the 6 geo political zones the country. Similarly, Operations centers have been established in FCT and 36 states capitals of the federation to serve as Quick Response Centers for all distress calls in the event of any breach of peace during the election period. he said.
Gov. Sule of Nasarawa State wins second term bid
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have declared
The incumbent Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) winner of last Saturday’ governorship election in the state.
Governor Sule, who was declared winner on Monday morning, defeated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, David Umbugadu, by a margin of 64,193 to emerge winner.
While declaring the result, the INEC Collation Officer, Prof. Tanko Ishaya, said Sule scored 347,209 votes to defeat his closest rival David Umbugadu of People’s Democratic party (PDP), who polled a total of 283,016 votes.
Candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Abdullahi Maidoya came third with 11,726 votes, while that of Social Democratic Party, (SDP) Mohammed Alfa Nyas got 9003 votes.
According to INEC, Sule won seven out of the 13 Local Government Areas in the state.
The state Collation Officer, said the total number of registered voters were 1,899,244, while the number of accredited voters were 668,978
Abia APGA rejects Governorship Poll results as Labour Party leads
The results of the March 18 governorship poll in Abia state has been rejected by the All Progressives Grand Alliance. The Independent National Electoral Commission has so far announced results in 10 LGAs. In a statement signed on Monday by the APGA Chairman Abia State, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, the party said it would not accept an election “marred by irregularities.” It, however, urged supporters to remain calm as they await the conclusion of the process. The statement read partly, “The results so far announced did not in any way reflect the will of the good people of Abia voters as demonstrated at the various polling units.“We are highly disappointed that the votes cast for our candidate, Professor Greg Ibe, were suppressed and not credited to him.“Regrettably too, there were brazen irregularities, including snatching of ballot papers, over-voting, unprecedented manipulation and violence against the opposition.“Most of the results were collated without recourse to BVAS machines, hence, they cannot be relied upon.“We appeal to our members to remain calm and watch things unfold. We firmly believe that light will triumph over darkness, and Abia emancipated from the chains of undemocratic forces.“The election was marred with irregularities in all parts of the state, and APGA cannot accept a highly flawed election.” Only ten local government results have so far been collated, and they include; Ukwa East, Umunneochi, Ukwa West, Bende, Isialangwa North, Isialangwa South, Arochukwu, Ugwunnagbo, Isuikwuato and Ikwuano. So far, the results announced puts the Labour Party in the lead with a margin of 13,132.
BREAKING: INEC Declares PDP’s Mutfwang winner of Plateau Gov Election
The Plateau State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Caleb Mutfwang, has been declared as the winner of Saturday’s governorship election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.The result declared by the INEC Presiding Officer, Musa Yusuf, after counting the votes scored by parties that participated in the election shows that Mutfwang had the highest votes beating the All Progressives Candidate, Nentawe Yilwatda.Recall that the PDP governorship candidate was reported to be taking an early lead as of 11 am when INEC resumed collations of results from the 17 local government areas of the state.Details later…
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