The Lagos Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has responded to the Commandant General’s new order to ensure total protection of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, facilities, and materials in the state.
The Commandant General, CG, NSCDC, Ahmed Abubakar Audi, PhD, mni, OFR, in the last CG’s Quarterly Conference, for the year 2022, gave a marching order to Zonal Commanders and State Commandants to stop the attacks on the facilities or materials of INEC across the country.
The CG further stated, at the Conference, which was recently held, at the National Headquarters, Sauka, Abuja that by the virtue of the Acts establishing the Corps, it was the Corps’ duty to provide security and protection for Critical National Assets and Infrastructure belonging to the three tiers of Government; Federal, State and Local.
Furthermore, it was in light of the above that the NSCDC, Lagos State Commandant, Commandant of Corps (CC), Edenabu Okoro Eweka, immediately, moved to deploy armed personnel to beef up security in the two INEC offices, located, at Sabo, Yaba, and the Surulere area of the state.
In a statement by the Civil Defence Public Relations Officer, CDPRO, Lagos State Command, DSC Abolurin Oluwaseun, the new NSCDC attache to the INEC facilities in the state was led by Deputy Superintendent of Corps (DSC) Afolabi Muyideen, who presented, the newly deployed, personnel to the INEC authorities, yesterday, Wednesday, 27th December 2022.
DSC Afolabi Muyideen, further stated that they were warmly welcomed, by the INEC authorities, who received, the move of the State Commandant, CC Edenabu Okoro Eweka, with great enthusiasm and accepted to work in close synergy, with the Command, in order to prevent the usually experienced, occurrences of crime, such as burning of offices, snatching and destruction of electoral materials, violence against INEC staff, mob actions, rival differences, political rascality, gangsterism, and hooliganism et ce tera during and after electioneering processes in the country.
“The Command has also put proactive structures and measures in place to ensure total deployment of surveillance, intelligence, and investigative mechanisms, in a bid to stop crimes before they occur as we move closer to the election period.
“The Command has also immediately, with this deployment responded, to the new Commandant’s General order to ensure total protection of INEC facilities and materials, including the safety of their staff in the state,” CC Edenabu Okoro Eweka said.
CC Edenabu Okoro also charged the newly deployed personnel, to INEC offices in the state, to familiarise themselves, with other security agencies at the facilities, perform their duties with great caution and ensure they pursue common goals, in view to get cheap and clinical operational results during and after the elections without blemish.
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