2023 PRESIDENTIAL/NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS : NSCDC LAGOS COMMAND DEPLOYS 3,640 TO ENSURE SMOOTH AND PEACEFUL ELECTORAL PROCESS.
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“We are working in synergy with INEC, NPF, other security agencies, the media an all relevant institutions and stakeholders involved, in the electioneering process in Lagos state …, Alfadarai said.”
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC ), Lagos State Command, today, Friday, 24th February, 2023, reassures Lagosians, of its commitment, towards ensuring peaceful and conducive atmosphere, devoid of crimes and criminalities that could lead to the break down of law and order or the vandalization of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure ( CNAI ), during this year’s, 2023 general elections, in the state.
The Command has also further deployed a total of three thousand six hundred and forty ( 3,640 ) officers and men to the various strategic fields ; such as the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ), collation centres various polling units, locations and points across the state .
However, the Command is also not resting on its oars, in the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure such as; oil and gas pipelines, telecommunication, railway installations and power installations, buildings and offices, amidst many others belonging to the Federal, State and Local Governments.
The above tactical deployments were being drawn, from various departments and units, such as; Operation, Intelligence and Investigation, Anti – Vandal, Armed Squad, CNAI, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosives ( CBRNE ) Unit, Area Commands and Divisions, Quick Intervention Squad ( QIS ), Special Female Squad ( SFS ), Agro – Rangers, Crisis and Disaster Management, Counter – Terrorism, Peace and Conflict Management and Anti – Human Trafficking and Illegal Migration Unit, ( ATHIMU ) et ce tera.
The NSCDC, Lagos State Commandant, Commandant of Corps Usman Ishaq Alfadarai, fdc, mnim, mpa, fisn, however, said, “in a bid to ensuring, free, fair, credible and peaceful conduct of the presidential and national assembly elections, scheduled to take place tomorrow, Saturday, 25th February, 2023, the Command has trained and retrained its personnel on election monitoring and security, through several workshops organized by INEC and other relevant local and international bodies saddled with the peaceful conduct of the process. Therefore, the personnel will bring all these electoral principles and knowledge, in tandem with international best practices to bear in their conduct and practice during and after the elections.”
In the same vein, some delegates of the International Republican Institute ( IRI ) and the National Democratic Institute ( NDI ), who are both non – profit, non – partisan organizations working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide, especially, during elections also visited the office of the State Commandant, NSCDC, Lagos State Command.
The team, who visited the Command included; Mrs Zainab Unu Moseray, Mrs Olga Frivazovska, from Ukraine and Mr Bamidele Ojuyenum. The team requested to know about the preparedness of the Corps towards the elections in delivering quality security services during and after the process.
The observer team of IRI and NDI was received, by Deputy Commandant of Corps Sulaiman Oloyede, in charge of Intelligence and investigation, Superintendent of Corps Aliyu Jamilu and Deputy Superintendent of Corps Abolurin Oluwaseun, Command’s Public Relations Officer.
Finally, on behalf of the State Commandant, CC Usman Ishaq Alfadarai, the Command’s team also seized the opportunity of the visit to assure the visiting observer team of its readiness to ensure the smooth conduct of the election, through media sensitization of the public, regular meetings with stakeholders, synergetic co – ordination, with the lead agency in election security, the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in the Interagency Consultative Committee on Election Security ( ICCES ), chaired by the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner and co – chaired, by the Commissioner of Police in the state.
The channels of communication have also been opened to the public, through the public relations unit and the crisis and disaster management department of the Command. The social media handles of the Command, Area Commands, Divisions and outposts are also readily prepared to receive urgent information that requires quick response and intervention from the Command. The Command has also instituted special monitoring teams headed by Deputy Commandants of Corps to supervise different Senatorial Districts and Area Commands and Divisions under the general supervision of the State Commandant during and after the elections.
“We are working in synergy, with INEC, NPF, other security agencies, the media and all relevant institutions and stakeholders involved, in the electioneering process, with respect for human rights and privileges of all citizens, accredited voters and the good people of the state during the entire process, from accreditation, to voting, collation of results and post election security, Alfadarai said.”