Shun unprofessional conduct during Saturday’s elections, Chikere tells NSCDC personnel 

MR Isdore Chikere, Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Anambra Command, has warned personnel of the corps deployed for March 18 elections to shun unprofessional conducts.

Chikere gave the warning while addressing NSCDC personnel deployed for March18 governorship and state assembly elections in Awka on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than  2, 000 NSCDC personnel were deployed for the presidential and national assembly elections held on Feb. 25.

The same number will be providing security services during  Saturday’s governorship and state assembly exercise.

Chikere said that every personnel must adhere strictly to the rules of engagement and avoid act capable of jeopardising the conduct of the elections.

Chikere said he was impressed with the operations of NSCDC personnel deployed for Feb. 25 elections.

“After  strategic meeting of all the Management team, Area Commanders and Divisional Officers to review the Presidential and National Assembly elections, I must say that I am impressed with your conduct,” he said.

He charged the personnel to ensure they worked in synergy with other security operatives for more secured, hitch- free and successful poll on Saturday.

Chikere said the meeting was convened to appraise the security arrangements for the first phase of the exercise with a view to tackling grey areas noticed.

“I charge you to implement the action plan already drawn for the  second phase in providing security for the polling booths, INEC personnel,  Ad-hoc Staff, sensitive/non- sensitive materials,  and the electorates,” he said.

He stressed  the  need for field officers to maintain close co-ordination with all the relevant stakeholders in election security to deal with any emergency in their respective areas.

“Keep close surveillance over Critical National Assets and Infrastructure at different areas of your responsibilities, again note that intelligence sharing will ensure timely action to deal with any situation that may arise,” he said.

He reiterated that the corps did not align with any political party or individual, saying any personnel caught aiding and abetting electoral malpractice would be prosecuted.

“Our job is to ensure the provision of a conducive environment for the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

“Therefore, all hands should be on deck to ensure a violent-free exercise on Saturday,” he said.(NAN)