- INEC has revealed why thuggery thrives during the conduct of elections in Nigeria
- The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, accused security agencies of aiding thuggery during the poll
- Yakubu, however, identified the lack of synergy among the security agencies as the reason for electoral fraud in the country
Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has said that the failure of security agencies to act decisively and collaborate with one another usually encourages thuggery during elections.
The Cable reports that the INEC boss made the disclosure on Friday, January 10, during the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) meeting held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that Yakubu also said that the security agencies have in some cases focused more on the number of personnel deployed for elections rather than on synergy and strategies to be adopted.
He said: “The commission is concerned that security deployment in some of the most recent elections left much to be desired.
“There is more emphasis on numbers of security personnel to be deployed but less consideration on strategic deployment to protect the process, leaving the voters, election officials, party agents, observers, the media and even unarmed security personnel at polling units vulnerable to attacks by thugs and hoodlums.
“Furthermore, there is an emphasis on numbers of security personnel but less on synergy, coordination and collaboration among the various security agencies in line with the purpose for which ICCES was established in the first instance.”
Yakubu said the committee must work towards a new approach in the forthcoming re-run elections for Nigerians to see a qualitatively different security arrangement.
“No thugs and hoodlums can be more powerful than the Nigeria Police and other security agencies.
“It is the failure to act decisively and collaboratively that encourages thuggery and serves as an incentive for bad behaviour," he added.
According to him, Ibrahim Magu and Bolaji Owasanoye, heads of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), were being admitted as members of ICCES to help tackle vote-buying during elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that INEC announced its plan to conduct 28 outstanding elections across 11 states in Nigeria.
It was reported that commission made the disclosure at the State House in Abuja while briefing journalists on Wednesday, January 7.
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