INEC Expresses Concern Over Increasing Attacks On Its Facilities

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has expressed concern over increasing attacks on its facilities targeted at dismantling critical electoral infrastructure in the country.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu made this known in Abuja during an Emergency Meeting with Security Agencies under the auspices of Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security.

While describing the situation as an attempt to distrupt the Electoral Process, INEC Chairman said the Commission had recorded Forty One incidents which he said should be treated as National Security Emergency.

He commended the support received from some communities and expressed the hope that the meeting would bring lasting solutions to the challenges.

In his remarks, the National Security Adviser Retired Major General Babagana Munguno said Security Agencies would continue to protect the nation’s Democracy.

The National Security Adviser assured Nigerians that security agencies would strengthen their operations to check the menace.

Also Speaking, the Inspector General of Police Mr Usman Baba said he had directed all State Commissioners of Police to liaise with Resident Electoral Commissioners on the best ways to secure INEC facilities across the country.

Representatives of the Nigeria Armed Forces, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Road Safety Commission, Federal Fire Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, EFCC, ICPC and Ministry of Interior as well as Ministry of Police Affairs attended the meeting.

Kayode Oyedare/Abuja

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