Dekina not under security lock â€“ NSCDC chief
Deputy Commandant-General of the Nigeria
Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr
Nnamdi Nwiyi, has debunked online reports of a
security lock of Dekina Local Government Area.
According to him, there was an incident in a polling
unit which led to protests.
He said it resulted in the INEC official leaving,
making it impossible for accreditation to begin.
Nwiyi said only one unit was affected, and that it
did not amount to a serious security issue.
He said electoral officers addressed the problem.
Speaking with newsmen in Dekina, he said:
â€œSecurity officials will not be caught napping. So
far, Iâ€™ll say that it has been generally orderly.
Everything has been peaceful as of now but weâ€™ll
not rest on our oars.
â€œWe have to be extra-vigilant and more cautious to
ensure there will be no embarrassment to
Nigerians and Kogi people.
â€œI received the report about a lockdown. It was
Ward 003 or 004 in Dekina. We heard the indigenes
were having issues and the electoral officials had
to take the materials back to their office.
â€œIt was a message I got from security and
intelligence reports. But I believe INEC would be
able to sort it out.
â€œApart from that, our men have been giving us
positive news from the field,â€ he said.
On allegations of thuggery, Nwini said: â€œIf he
(Wada) mentioned specific names Iâ€™m sure security
would have been beefed up in those places.â€
He urged voters to remain law-abiding and to cast
their ballots without violence.
â€œI think Nigeria should be getting more mature by
now with our experience with elections. The issue
is that the awareness is now high. Voter apathy has
â€œHowever, politicians and the National Orientation
Agency still have a lot of work to do on issues of
orderly conduct during elections.
â€œIt is only when people have trust in the result that
we can get it right. But so far, Iâ€™ll give a pass-mark
to what Iâ€™ve seen on the field.â€
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