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  Retired Major General Babagana Monguno the President s National Security Advisor NSA says that Nigeria recorded 52 acts of political violence in 22 states from October 8 to November 9 Monguno said this at an emergency meeting of the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security ICCES hosted the National Electoral Commission INEC in Abuja on Friday He described the situation as bad and said it required urgent attention Monguno said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the green light to all security agencies to deal decisively with individuals or groups trying to prevent the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election The president has also given his directive through me to all law enforcement and operational intelligence agencies to ensure that the 2023 election is held in an atmosphere free of rancor The president is extremely pleased with the outcome of the elections in Anambra Ekiti and Osun states and he wants to see such a performance repeated A manifestation of the will of the people will triumphant over any obstacle that might dismantle the democracy we seek to protect I want to assure you that the security agencies have received clear instructions to prevent and deal with any situation in which any group organization or institution decides to act embark on what we consider to be a fundamentally criminal enterprise to be undertaken he said Monguno added Whether it is isolated incidents collected group activities It s not important The important thing is that all Nigerians can cast their votes And those votes must count He said that individuals or groups who attempt to commit illegal acts in connection with their political affiliation will receive a significant penalty To those people who are pulling the strings who control these groups that have a propensity to unleash violence those people who have mobsters working for them I want to send a very very clear warning A categorical and unequivocal warning to everyone regardless of party including the president s party As long as you decide to scupper the electoral process law enforcement agencies will be equally uninhibited and will react to whatever action you have taken you will be visited with an appropriate or proportionate response I want to assure you and me I am saying this in all sincerity she said The NSA urges those who organized elements that caused chaos during the election to call their supporters to order Mongono said security and intelligence agencies have already been tracking down some of the masterminds Speaking Police Inspector General Mr Usman Baba warned those planning to undermine the 2023 general election to reconsider or be put on the book Baba said that the police were committed to ensuring that the 2023 general election was peaceful and credible him urging political actors to play games to allow security agencies to protect them He said that since the beginning of the election campaign there have been incidences of party rallies and campaigns being disrupted through violence Baba said that the police have made some arrests while investigations are being carried out and some suspects prosecuted He called for the speedy administration of justice and proper punishment for those who had been arrested for election offenses to deter members of the public Punishment and rewards are necessary tools in any environment It is our hope and prayer that now that we do not have an Electoral Court to prosecute electoral crimes we are urging our courts that have handled our cases thus far to hurry up This is important so that those who have been found guilty or who we have established have a case to answer are punished he said INEC President Prof Mahmood Yakubu called for urgent action to address attacks on commission facilities before the 2023 general election The two simultaneous attacks on our Abeokuta South Local Government Area offices in Ogun and the Ede South Local Government office in Osun on Thursday necessitated this meeting Secondly the series of attacks during election campaigns is increasing instead of decreasing in the attack in Ede Sur it was minimal that in Abeokuta Sur was extensive The destroyed materials include 904 ballot boxes 29 voting booths 8 electric power generators 57 electoral bags 30 megaphones 65 699 uncollected Permanent Voter Credentials PVC and a series of other miscellaneous items such as stamps and tampons he said Yakubu said INEC was taking urgent steps to repair the damaged building and replace facilities in Ede South Local Government Area to get the office back up and running immediately For the Abeokuta Southern Local Government Area office the destruction was total Accordingly the Commission is relocating our staff to the former state office also known as the INEC office annex in the Oke Ilewo area of Abeokuta All activities related to the 15 registration areas wards and 445 voting units in the Abeokuta South local government area will henceforth be coordinated from the new location in Oke Ilewo Similarly the Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner REC was ordered to compile the Voter Identification Numbers VINs of all 65 699 Permanent Voter Cards PVCs lost in the attack from our database and send the record for immediate reprint he said Yakubu assured that no registered voter would be disenfranchised in the affected area as a result of the cowardly act Regarding the avalanche of physical attacks during the ongoing political campaigns and rallies Yakubu said that so far the INEC has tracked 50 incidents in 21 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory The commission is concerned that if urgent and decisive action is not taken the attacks will intensify as we get closer to the election date As we all know a peaceful campaign heralds peaceful elections We need to take decisive action to stop the ugly trend As a body ICCES brings together the security and other agencies responsible for securing the process and ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria Nigerians understandably expect decisive action from ICCES It is important that we move quickly to apprehend the perpetrators prosecute them as necessary tighten security around election officials and election infrastructure across the country As we have said on several occasions the election is a multi stakeholder activity that involves not only INEC and security agencies he said Yakubu assured that the election in 2023 is credible despite the challenges The attempt to sabotage or weaken our determination will not prevent us from conducting transparent elections in which only the votes cast on election day will determine the winners of the elections edited Source Credit NAN
Nigeria records 52 political violence in 1 month

Retired Major General

Retired Major General. Babagana Monguno, the President’s National Security Advisor (NSA), says that Nigeria recorded 52 acts of political violence in 22 states from October 8 to November 9. Monguno said this at an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security. (ICCES) hosted the National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja on Friday. He described the situation as bad and said it required urgent attention. Monguno said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the green light to all security agencies to deal decisively with individuals or groups. trying to prevent the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election. “The president has also given his directive through me to all law enforcement and operational intelligence agencies to ensure that the 2023 election is held in an atmosphere free of rancor “The president is extremely pleased with the outcome of the elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states and he wants to see such a performance repeated. “A manifestation of the will of the people will triumphant over any obstacle that might dismantle the democracy we seek to protect. “I want to assure you that the security agencies have received clear instructions to prevent and deal with any situation in which any group, organization or institution decides to act. embark on what we consider to be a fundamentally criminal enterprise to be undertaken,” he said. Monguno added: “Whether it is isolated incidents, collected group activities.” It’s not important. The important thing is that all Nigerians can cast their votes. And those votes must count.” He said that individuals or groups who attempt to commit illegal acts in connection with their political affiliation will receive a significant penalty.

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“To those people who are pulling the strings, who control these groups that have a propensity to unleash violence, those people who have mobsters working for them, I want to send a very, very clear warning.

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“A categorical and unequivocal warning to everyone regardless of party, including the president’s party.

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“As long as you decide to scupper the electoral process, law enforcement agencies will be equally uninhibited and will react to whatever action you have taken, you will be visited with an appropriate or proportionate response. “I want to assure you and me.” I am saying this in all sincerity,” she said.

Police Inspector General Mr

The NSA urges those who organized elements that caused chaos during the election to call their supporters to order. Mongono said security and intelligence agencies have already been tracking down some of the masterminds. Speaking, Police Inspector General Mr. Usman Baba warned those planning to undermine the 2023 general election to reconsider or be put on the book. Baba said that the police were committed to ensuring that the 2023 general election was peaceful and credible. him urging political actors to play games to allow security agencies to protect them. He said that since the beginning of the election campaign there have been incidences of party rallies and campaigns being disrupted through violence. Baba said that the police have made some arrests, while investigations are being carried out and some suspects prosecuted.

He called for the speedy administration of justice and proper punishment for those who had been arrested for election offenses to deter members of the public.

Electoral Court

“Punishment and rewards are necessary tools in any environment. “It is our hope and prayer that now that we do not have an Electoral Court to prosecute electoral crimes, we are urging our courts that have handled our cases thus far to hurry up.

INEC President Prof

“This is important, so that those who have been found guilty or who we have established have a case to answer are punished,” he said. INEC President Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.called for urgent action to address attacks on commission facilities before the 2023 general election.

South Local Government Area

“The two simultaneous attacks on our Abeokuta South Local Government Area offices in Ogun and the Ede South Local Government office in Osun on Thursday necessitated this meeting. “Secondly, the series of attacks during election campaigns is increasing instead of decreasing. in the attack in Ede Sur it was minimal, that in Abeokuta Sur was extensive.

Permanent Voter Credentials

“The destroyed materials include 904 ballot boxes, 29 voting booths, 8 electric power generators, 57 electoral bags, 30 megaphones, 65,699 uncollected Permanent Voter Credentials (PVC) and a series of other miscellaneous items such as stamps and tampons,” he said. . .

Ede South Local Government Area

Yakubu said INEC was taking urgent steps to repair the damaged building and replace facilities in Ede South Local Government Area to get the office back up and running immediately.

Abeokuta Southern Local Government Area

“For the Abeokuta Southern Local Government Area office, the destruction was total. Accordingly, the Commission is relocating our staff to the former state office (also known as the INEC office annex) in the Oke-Ilewo area of ​​Abeokuta.

Abeokuta South

“All activities related to the 15 registration areas (wards) and 445 voting units in the Abeokuta South local government area will henceforth be coordinated from the new location in Oke-Ilewo.

Ogun State

“Similarly, the Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was ordered to compile the Voter Identification Numbers (VINs) of all 65,699 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) lost in the attack from our database and send the record for immediate reprint. ” he said.

Yakubu assured that no registered voter would be disenfranchised in the affected area as a result of the cowardly act.

Federal Capital Territory

Regarding the avalanche of physical attacks during the ongoing political campaigns and rallies, Yakubu said that so far the INEC has tracked 50 incidents in 21 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The commission is concerned that if urgent and decisive action is not taken, the attacks will intensify as we get closer to the election date. As we all know, a peaceful campaign heralds peaceful elections. We need to take decisive action to stop the ugly trend.

“As a body, ICCES brings together the security and other agencies responsible for securing the process and ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria. Nigerians understandably expect decisive action from ICCES.

“It is important that we move quickly to apprehend the perpetrators, prosecute them as necessary, tighten security around election officials and election infrastructure across the country.

“As we have said on several occasions, the election is a multi-stakeholder activity that involves not only INEC and security agencies,” he said. Yakubu assured that the election in 2023 is credible despite the challenges.

“The attempt to sabotage or weaken our determination will not prevent us from conducting transparent elections in which only the votes cast on election day will determine the winners of the elections.”

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