2019: NSA warns politicians against arming thugs

2019: NSA warns politicians against arming thugs

- Politicians have been warned against arming bandits and terrorists to scuttle general elections

- According to the national security adviser, the strategy of the politicians was to cause crises that could degenerate into endless crises for government and the citizens

- Monguno, however, said Nigeria Police Force has instructed all state commands to arrest anyone that engages in acts of violence during the elections

The national security adviser, retired Major General Mohammed Monguno, on Tuesday, January 29, cautioned politicians against arming political thugs during the forthcoming general elections.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Monguno gave the warning at a meeting with members of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) in Abuja.

He said: “Government will demonstrate zero tolerance to political thuggery and illegal bearing of fire-arms. I wish to restate that our doors are always open to collaborate and act proactively to maintain the sanctity of Nigeria."

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The NSA said that the Nigeria Police Force had instructed all state commands to arrest anyone who engages in acts of violence during the elections.

Monguno said that intelligence reports had indicated plans by some individuals and groups to instigate violence during and after the upcoming elections.

He said: “Reports reaching me has revealed that some individuals that are uncertain of their fate in the elections are plotting to participate in widespread violence aimed at scuttling the polls."

Monguno explained that the strategy of the politicians was to cause crises that could degenerate into endless crises for government and the citizens.

He said: “There are indications that these unscrupulous elements are already mobilising merchants of violence, including armed bandits and terrorists to cause problems cross the country.

“I will refrain from being specific on some of the plots that have been uncovered, though the security agencies will spare no efforts in dealing appropriately with any act that can destabilise the nation.

“In this regard, we owe Nigerians the duty to protect and preserve their lives and property regardless of our individual or group aspirations."

He said that no pseudo or quasi security outfits, such as vigilante groups would be allowed to participate in election security duty. He said that government was doing all within its powers to create a suitable environment for the conduct of peaceful elections in the country.

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Monguno said that the security agencies remained neutral, contrary to insinuations by mischief makers. He said the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) had organised refresher courses for its personnel that would be deployed for election duty.

He stated that ONSA and all government security agencies were ready to cooperate and partner with state governors to deliver on security.

Monguno said that security agencies were working round the clock to ensure that the elections were free of the usual after- election violence.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the newly-appointed acting inspector general of police, Abubakar Mohammed Adamu, said he would restrategise to tackle the problem of insecurity in the country.

Adamu spoke shortly after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris, in Abuja on Tuesday, January 15.

He said he would stick by the rules in directing the affairs of the nation. On the 2019 elections, the new police chief assured that it will be free and fair and that the right things will be done.

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