OSUN GUBER POLLS: NSCDC DEPLOYS 11,226 PERSONNEL FOR EFFECTIVE SECURITY COVERAGE. Preparatory to Saturday’s Gubernatorial election in Osun State, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ahmed Audi, mni, has approved the deployment of 11,226 officers and men to cover the 3,763 polling units, collation centres, flash points as well as Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in all the 31 Local Government Areas of the State. He disclosed that the deployed personnel were derived from the National Headquarters and nine State Commands; Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Kwara, Kogi and Edo to supply manpower for the election. The CG stated that the objectives of the Corps in the forthcoming election is to create a secured environment for its successful conduct and enhance the general security in the State before, during and after the election. He explained that the personnel had attended various workshops on best practices during election. They have also been acquainted with the provisions of the Electoral Act as regards to Rules of Engagement, hence, must comply with the Corps’ Operational Code, Standard Operating Procedure and above all, display of professionalism and high sense of discipline throughout the election. This robust operational order has been activated to ensure a hitch free exercise and guide against molestation and intimidation of the electorates by hoodlums or party thugs. Dr Audi hinted that in readiness for the election, the Corps' undercover personnel from the National Headquaters have joined their counterparts in Osun State for covert operations to nip any security compromise in the bud. Dr Audi assigned Deputy Commandant General (DCG) in charge of Operations, Dauda Mungadi to oversee the election exercise. He also designated Assistant Commandant General (ACG) Operations, Philip Ayuba, Zonal Commander (Zone J), Fasiu Adeyinka and Commandant Special Duties, Oliver Ugwuja to serve as field Commanders monitoring each senatorial district of the state. To ensure that critical assets of government are not vandalized by criminal elements before, during and after the election, there shall be deployment of the Ant-vandalism Squad, Critical National Asset protection unit and other special forces to all key points in the State to protect them against vandalism, damage or arson. He stressed that, a pool of officers shall be drawn from Special Forces, such as Arms Squad Unit, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives Unit (CBRNE), the Special Female Squad, Rapid Response Squad, K9 and SWAT Unit, different from the regular conventional personnel, in order to have a successful execution of the assignment. He reiterated the Corps' readiness to partner sister agencies to ensure a hitch-free poll and to guarantee crime-free environment to enable eligible voters exercise their voting rights. He warned all personnel deployed to remain apolitical, stressing that whosoever is found perpetrating unethical conduct will certainly face sanctions. For ease of communication, the Corps has provided Operational Hot Lines – 08060003181, 08032898909 and N-Alert Situation Room Hotlines: 08066005861, 08032928878 and 07034322058.
Dr. Ahmed Audi, mni, Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Abubakar Audi, Ph.D., MNI, OFR emphasised that synergy among security agencies is key to the success of the 2023 general elections.

He called on all security and law enforcement agencies in the country to come together and synergise in order to uphold, defend and sustain Nigeria’s democracy.

He reiterated that the cruciality of the 2023 general elections requires a multi-agency approach, hence, it is imperative in view of election security to be on the same page by working together to avoid unnecessary ambiguity in roles and responsibilities.

The call was made while playing host to the Country’s Director, Transparency International, Nigeria, Mr. Anwal Musa Rafsanjani at the Corps National Headquarters, Abuja.

Dr. Audi informed that, historically, elections are marred by violence but assured that the forthcoming elections will be successfully conducted against the expectations of naysayers who believe that we cannot get it right in Nigeria.

The Corps helmsman affirmed that the Corps will collaborate with civil society organisations to conscientise the populace against incitement of violence, thuggery, hate speeches, and other forms of electoral malpractices and crime.

He also assured that elections will hold in all parts of the country and citizens will enjoy maximum protection during the period to exercise their franchise because the elections will be rancor free.

He hinted that personnel of the Corps is undergoing a series of training and workshops to educate them on how to conduct themselves before, during, and after elections as all hands must be on deck and no one is expected to fall short of expectations.

The Country Director, of Transparency International, Nigeria, Mr. Anwal Musa Rafsanjani extolled the Corps for working hard to protect Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in the fight against pipeline vandalism and economic sabotage.

He encouraged the CG to continue working on the right path toward ensuring a safe and secure society.

He explains that Nigeria requires collective efforts to make things better and called for more engagements and collaboration with the civil societies who are critical stakeholders in election monitoring as the 2023 elections draw nearer.


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