The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ahmed Audi, has charged the personnel on election duty on the use of minimum force and utmost professional conduct during the exercise.
The CG made it clear to the Corps personnel deployed for election duty in Anambra state that the rules of engagement must be strictly adhered to and all must observe the highest level of professionalism, civility, decorum and respect for the rights of all voters coming out to exercise their franchise in order to elect the next governor for the state.
CG Audi who stated this when he paid a situational assessment visit to Anambra State ahead of the Saturday, November 6, governorship election, expressed confidence in the preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all stakeholders involved in the electioneering process.
He reassured that the election will hold peacefully and successfully without rancour or acrimony as the Corps is working in synergy and collaboration with other sister agencies to forestall any form of attack on voters, security agencies, sensitive and non-sensitive election materials, INEC permanent and ad-hoc staff and all other apparatuses deployed to ensure a hitch-free election.
In a statement issued by DCC Olusola Odumosu, Director, Public Relations, NSCDC NHQ, Abuja, “Dr Audi warned personnel to be civil in their approach and avoid excessive use of force, molestation, intimidation or harassment of voters during the election”.
He reiterated that the Corps has a duty to protect the lives and property of all citizens of the state irrespective of their political affinity, emphasizing that NSCDC is apolitical in nature, civil in orientation but very dogged in its operations.
He appealed to all citizens of the state to embrace peace and eschew violence or anything that is capable of jeopardizing the democratic process as an election is not war, hence, the need to avoid unnecessary casualties.
CG Audi further urged the people of the state to be law-abiding and go about their legitimate businesses without any fear of violent or deadly attacks as measures have been put in place ahead of the process to guarantee a well-secured environment and arrest any breach of peace or vandalism of critical national assets and infrastructure of government before, during and after the election.
He reiterated that the Corps will be deploying 20,000 personnel drawn from Anambra state and other neighbouring state commands to all nooks and crannies of the state for overt and covert operations, warning the arms-bearing personnel that “accidental discharge is not contained in the Corps’ Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), as such, no one should be found wanting in this regard because human life is very sacrosanct and any personnel that takes the law into his hands by either killing or maiming anyone unjustly will be seriously dealt with”.
He congratulated the personnel on behalf of the Minister of Interior for the anticipated good conduct in the task ahead and assured them that their welfare and safety is uppermost in his mind and being given the best of attention under his leadership to motivate and encourage them to shun all vices of corruption and compromise which is capable of tarnishing the hard-earned reputation and integrity of the Corps.
“What is due to Ceaser must be given to Ceaser and the era of monkey dey work, baboon dey chop is over under my administration”, the CG said.