By: Oginyi Nkechinyere
To achieve security hitch free during 2019 general election on February 16th respectively, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Friday January 4th, 2019 trained Tactical and Operational Security Officers on election processes and procedures.
The security officers included the Nigerian Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) as well as NYSC.
Reportcircle reporter in Ebonyi State who was at the training, reports that the participants at the one-day training are expected to step down the training in their various agencies as the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the State was optimistic that the training would equip the security personals to face the security demands of the election which is in less than 40 days now.
The REC, Professor Godswill Obioma, in his address said the electoral body came up with the training as part of its drive to conduct free, fair, and credible election in the state.
His words, “tactical and operational personnel are targeted in the training because it was envisaged that you will pass on your experiences to your subordinates.”
“Elections will require the movement of men and materials. This process needs to be secured. Security is also needed at various points namely: polling booths, voting points, collation centres, Registration Area Camps, the Local Government Area offices as well as INEC state office.
“Any lapses on these demands will lead to chaos and disruption of electoral process. This is the whole essence of your duty”, he stated.
Also speaking, the Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in the state, Dr. Emma Abah, commended the leadership of INEC in the state for coming with that training programme saying it has been over 20 years such was organized.
According to the NOA Director noted that the world is watching the country to see how it is going to conduct the 2019 general election slated and call all and sundry join hands with the electoral umpire to ensure free, fair, and credible election.
In a remark, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Mohamed Mustafa, and other sister agencies in the state, assured that the security agencies especially the police under his watch would do everything within its powers to ensure a violence-free poll.