- A group has commended security agencies for the efforts in ensuring a peaceful election across Nigeria
- The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution said the agencies were professional in the discharge of their duties before, during and after the nationwide polls
- The group also warned parties to caution their supporters against engaging in violence
A human rights organisation has reacted to the roles played by security agencies in the Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections across the 36 states of the federation.
The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution lauded the nation’s security agencies for being professional in discharge of their duties before, during and after the nationwide polls.
The executive director of the coalition on the security situation, Maxwell Gowon, also commended the Nigerian Military for its efforts at ensuring peace, stability and security even though the forecast for security and life during the election had been grim.
While giving detailed accounts of what happened in some states during the polls, Gowon called on the security agencies to be at alert, considering that the prospect of violence in the aftermath of the announcement of results remains high.
The group also warned parties to caution their supporters against engaging in violence.
Gowon said: “It is pertinent to point out at this stage that the observation by the coalition had incrementally being in place in the period preceding the elections, with the implication that some of the observations made on the election day were not done in isolation but in relation to ongoing incident tracking."
He said the coalition observed from the data collected by its observers, that there were various incidences on the election Day.
He said the pockets of violence in Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun and Oyo (one person was killed in Oyo state) states were easily managed.
Noting that the presence of the military ensured that things did not overly get out of hand and ensured that voters were able to carry out their civic duties without fear.
“The coalition commended the Nigerian Military for its efforts at ensuring peace, stability and security even though the forecast for security and life during the election had been grim. It is noteworthy that the military, notably the Nigerian Army, discharged this onerous responsibility with full recourse to the rules of engagement.
“The coalition condemns in the strongest terms the attack on troops on election duties. The act amounts to unnecessary provocation and aggravation that continues to make it necessary for the country to deploy troops for elections even though this is ordinarily a duty for the civil police.
“Urge all security to remain on high alert considering that the prospect of violence in the aftermath of the announcement of results remains high," Gowon said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some foreign observers have commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Nigerians for transparency and credibility of the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The team under the platform of Independent Foreign Observers at a press conference this Sunday, February 24, in Abuja said from the reports filed in by their observers deployed all around Nigeria, there was a high turnout of voters across the country.
Stating that such turnout was impressive, the team leader, Stuart Young, said both supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) actively cast their ballots for their respective candidates.
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