2019 elections: Council recommends deployment of security personnel


FILE PHOTO: A voter casting his ballot

The National Security Council (NSC) has recommended the deployment of security agencies to the states ahead of the 2019 general elections to ensure peaceful conduct of the exercise.

A statement by Col. Tukur Gusau, the Public Relations Officer to the Minister of Defence on Thursday, said this was part of the outcome of the council’s meeting held in the Villa.

Gusau also said the deployment of security agencies was meant to douse tension created by outcome of the recent primary elections by the various political parties, as well as by “some desperate persons (trying) to sabotage the electoral process”.

He said council also discussed attempt to put pressure on electoral body by some notable personalities through demonstrations.

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However, Gusau noted that those demonstrations were brought under control by combined efforts of security agencies to avoid them being hijacked by hoodlums or armed bandits.

“Another area of security concern includes post-election violence, as desperate politicians may whip up ethno-religious sentiments to create security situation in the country.

“Also of concern is the proliferation and stockpiling of weapons by some disgruntled elements with a desire to take laws into their hands at the slightest opportunity.

“The council called for the concerted effort of all security agencies to ensure that the 2019 elections are hitch free.

It stressed the need for continuous sensitisation of the public by National Orientation Agency (NOA) and regular meetings of relevant stakeholders including INEC, international/local observers and the media ahead of the elections,” he said.