The Office of the National Security Adviser and Security Agencies has pledged its support to the Independent National Electoral Commission ahead of Bye Election conduct in 26 states of the federation next week.
Director, Internal Security, NSA, Hassan Abdullahi made the commitment on Tuesday in Abuja at the meeting of the interagency consultative committee on election security.
“The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, as always, posited that the ability of security agencies to maintain law and order, protect lives and property, and ensure the safety of voters, electoral officials and candidates is fundamental to the integrity of the electoral process.
“Therefore, in future elections, particularly the forthcoming by-elections and rerun elections, we must prevent and manage election-related violence, intimidation and other security threats so as to uphold the credibility of the process.
“The office of the NSA and security agencies under the platform of ICCES will sustain collaboration with INEC to ensure that elections are conducted in a secure and peaceful environment.
“In this regard, the coordination of security operations, deployment of personnel and adoption of proactive security measures will be paramount,”