The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has taken decisive action in preparation for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa states. In an effort to ensure free, fair, and credible elections, as well as the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure, the agency has deployed 22,600 highly trained personnel.
Under the capable leadership of the Commandant General, Dr. Ahmed Audi, the NSCDC is committed to maintaining a neutral stance during the elections. The officers have been thoroughly briefed on their responsibilities and will work in synergy with other security agencies and stakeholders to ensure the safety of the electorate, other stakeholders, and election officials.
To prevent any disturbances or acts of sabotage, an extensive range of specialized units within the NSCDC, such as undercover operatives, the Arms Squad, Counter-Terrorism operatives, the CG’s Special Intelligence Squad, the Female Special Force, the Rapid Response Squad, the Crack Squad, and the Anti-vandal unit, have been strategically deployed. These units will prevent any potential breaches of peace and guarantee a smooth and uninterrupted electoral process.
Dr. Audi reaffirms the NSCDC’s unwavering commitment to democratic governance and processes. The deployment of personnel is aimed at providing comprehensive security for the electorate, officials, stakeholders, and the protection of sensitive and non-sensitive materials throughout the entire electoral period. Collaboration with other relevant stakeholders will ensure a water-tight security operation.
In light of these preparations, the CG calls upon the residents of Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa states to cooperate fully with the NSCDC and its sister agencies, while refraining from engaging in any actions that may disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections or cause harm to critical national assets and infrastructure. He warns against thuggery, ballot box snatching, and any other acts that could mar the exercise. Politicians are urged to exercise caution and ensure their supporters adhere to the principles of fair play and non-violence.