30th March, 2011
Alhaji Jibril Danmalam, Sokoto State Director of State Security Service (SSS), says security organisations in the state will not condone any form of violence during and after the April polls.
He said at an interactive session with leaders of all the registered political parties in Sokoto that security measures had been adopted to ensure smooth implementation of the electoral process.
Danmalam explained that members of the state Security Committee had already drafted an operational order on how to provide effective security in all parts of the state.
“No form of violence will be tolerated as plain-clothed security officers have been deployed to monitor the conduct and behaviour of all of you,” he said.
Alhaji Ahmed Mahuta, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, called on politicians to sensitise their followers on the dangers of political thuggery.
“You must realise that seeking elective positions must not be seen as a do-or-die affair and you should educate your followers on this,” he said.
Mahuta urged voters to be patient and show understanding on election days.
“We are committed to having a free and fair election for the overall political growth of our country,” he said.
The REC called on candidates to preach the principle of political tolerance and understanding among their followers, to enable the commission to conduct transparent elections.
Political parties represented at the meeting included PDP, ANPP, CPC, DPP and PRP.
Members of the state Security Committee include SSS, Police, Immigration, NDLEA and FRSC.