Security Agencies promise protection of lives and properties

By Martha Obi, Abuja

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The Nigerian Armed Forces and the Police have assured Nigerians that they will continue to protect lives and properties of citizens. The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Frank Mbah disclosed this during the Joint Media Briefing by Spokespersons of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Police on the just concluded elections and the forthcoming supplementary elections on 23rd March, 2019. Mbah said the briefing “is necessitated by the need to bring the general public up-to-date on our activities regarding the just concluded elections  and more importantly, to shed more light on certain security challenges witnessed during the elections, before the supplementary elections, coming up on March 23, 2019” Support He noted that there is no doubt that the Nigeria Police is the lead security agency tasked with the provision of security at the polls. “The military is to support the Police and other security agencies by providing security at the outer cordons, including check points and other flash points when called upon as provided in Section 217 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended,” Mbah stated. He said that in the elections, military services were undoubtedly requested by the INEC. The Assistant Commissioner of Police said, There were some unfortunate security challenges witnessed during the elections which have generated public outcry and condemnation. The alleged involvement of some security agents in some of these unfortunate incidents is of serious concern to the military and police high commands”.  Political thugs Meanwhile, some time ago a container load of military uniforms and accoutrements was impounded by the Nigeria Customs Service along Aba-Port-Harcourt road, while similar interception was made at Kirikiri Lighter Terminal in Lagos. Also, prior to the elections there were intelligence reports of some politicians clandestinely procuring uniforms of security agencies for political thugs for the purpose of impersonating security personnel during the election. According to him, this information was later corroborated with the arrest of several fake soldiers and fake policemen during the last elections. Similarly, in Imo State, the military in a joint operation with the police arrested over 100 suspected political thugs who are now with the police undergoing investigation. The police with the support of the Nigerian military also arrested several political thugs and electoral offenders with several arms and ammunitions recovered. He said it was imperative to state that, not all of these impostors were apprehended by security agencies. They assured the general public that investigation is ongoing on security personnel who might have conducted themselves inappropriately during the last elections and appropriate sanctions will be meted out to those found culpable. The Director Defence Information, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said the role of Army is to compliment the police while the police take the lead.   Sammie Idika