Nigeria: NSA Warns Security Operatives Ahead of 2019 Elections

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National Security Adviser, Major General Mohammed Monguno (rtd), has warned security operatives against any act of infraction or misconduct during the 2019 general elections.

He gave the warning at the meeting of Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security held at the National Headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday in Abuja. Monguno, who is also Co-chair of ICCESS, urged security personnel to deliver their mandate in a very responsible manner, demonstrating democratic values and professional ethics to members of the society.

Mongunu added that there would be full enforcement of electoral laws. He advised security agencies to come up with means to surmount negative trends such as hate speeches that may incite the public or affect peaceful atmosphere during the general elections. “Again, there will be issue of vote-buying and vote-selling; these are concerns that we have to look into collectively and begin to deal with whatever problems that might arise from these unfavourable acts.

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Monguno said that as the 2019 elections drew closer, there would be need for security agencies to meet more frequently to deal with issues that would arise and cause unpleasant situation before, during and immediately after the elections.

He also advised security agencies to share intelligence and information to help INEC conduct credible elections. In his remarks, INEC Chairman and Co-Chair of ICCES, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said it was important for the commission to work with security agencies.

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