- The police have been urged to be civil, nonpartisan and fair to all political parties during the 2019 general elections
- A non-governmental organisation, the Child Protection and Women Empowerment Initiative, made the call
- The coordinator of the organisation in Yobe state, Hajiya Maryam Gambo, expresses sadness at how some youths are making themselves available to politicians for violence
A non-governmental organisation, the Child Protection and Women Empowerment Initiative (CPWEI), has charged the Nigeria Police Force to be civil, nonpartisan and fair to all political parties during the 2019 general elections.
CPWEI coordinator in Yobe, Hajiya Maryam Gambo, gave the charge in Damaturu when she visited the commissioner of police in the state Abdulmaliki Sunmonu, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Legit.ng notes that the coordinator said: “We are here today because the Nigeria Police is responsible for safeguarding lives and property in the country.
“We believe that election violence can be averted or reduced to the barest minimum, if the police is at its best in securing everyone involved in the exercise.’’
Gambo, however, expressed sadness at how some youths were making themselves willing tools in the hands of some politicians to perpetrate violence.
Gambo said: “Over the years, the sponsors of electoral violence have used the youths to perpetrate violence and disrupt the election process.
“During such violence, voters are threatened, intimidated, wounded or even killed in the course of exercising their constitutional rights.
“Today, we therefore come out as youths, to say no to election violence and firmly resolve to shun violence in the forthcoming general elections."
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ihueze Nicodemus, who received the group on behalf of Sunmonu, expressed delight at the group’s visit and the work it was doing to discourage violence during polls.
Nicodemus pledged the Force’s commitment to ensuring adequate security and peace during the elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said no fewer than 132,091 permanent voter cards were still uncollected in Sokoto state.
The INEC spokesman in the state, Malam Muhammad Musa, said on Tuesday, February 5 in Sokoto that the PVCs were received in batches by the commission.
Musa said appreciable progress was ensured as the commission had conducted ward level distribution of PVCs which was concluded on Monday, January 21.
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He urged eligible voters to present themselves for the collection of PVCs, adding that the collection would not be through proxy.
Musa said: “As at today, Tuesday, the commission has distributed 1,760, 906 PVCs across the state."
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