Election: Be Extremely Apolitical, Avoid High-Handedness – Anambra NSCDC Commander Warns Officers

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Anambra State Command has commenced training for its officers and men in its commitment to ensuring free, fair and credible polls in the forthcoming elections. Declaring the training open, the State Commandant, Mr. Isidore Chikere, charged participants at the training to be extremely apolitical, avoid high- handedness, treat all electorate with fairness and respect their fundamental human rights before, during and after the 2023 general elections.

He admonished the officers to be firm, exhibit professionalism in discharging their duties by ensuring that voters, candidates, poll workers, observers, and other actors involved in an election experience the process free from fear or harm in addition to protecting both INEC sensitive and non sensitive election materials.

Mr. Isidore reiterated the commitment of the Commandant General of NSCDC, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, to sustain the core values of democracy in the country through fair, free and credible elections.

According to him, since the atmospheres are as usual politically charged, the Command has also continued its statutory sensitizations and lectures for its officers and men to be well- informed and conversant with their duties to the members of the general public, most importantly during the momentum of the elections.

The training which drew participants from Command’s Management Team, Area Commanders, Divisional Officers and Operational Staff of the Command held at the Command Headquarters Awka aimed at equipping personnel on intricacies of election conduct, general knowledge of what constitutes electoral offences, and strategies to defeat those who plan to constitute a clog in the wheel of the electoral progress of the country.

The State NSCDC boss further tasked the Area Commanders as well as Divisional Officers (DOs) to cascade the lecture and training to their respective personnel and strictly adhere to security agencies code of conduct while also helping to protect and preserve democracy.

Meanwhile, with the appropriate mechanism already in place, the command appealled to the general public to stay clear of any acts capable of causing breach of peace and other laws of the federation as enshrined in the constitution, with a warning that those caught will be made to face the consequences of their actions.

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