Ribadu issues strong warning over Kogi, Bayelsa, Imo guber polls

Nuhu Ribadu, the National Security Adviser, has warned against any form of violence during Saturday’s gubernatorial elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states.

Ribadu, who stated that any amount of violence during the polls would have consequences, promised voters in the affected states of appropriate security.

Ribadu instructed security agencies to adhere to professional codes of ethics during the exercise, according to a statement issued by Head, Strategic Communication Office of the National Security Adviser, Zakari Mijinyawa, on Friday.

“The NSA assures that in line with the directive of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu security agencies have made adequate preparations to ensure safe, secure and transparent elections on Saturday, 11 November, 2023.

” The NSA, who is the Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security charged all security, intelligence and law enforcement officers deployed on election security duties to conduct themselves creditably.

” The NSA further stated that the Federal Government has mobilized all the required resources for the smooth conduct of the elections and called on all election managers to adhere strictly to the instruction given by the President. Ribadu further warns that a monitoring system has been established with monitors deployed to the field to collect any evidence of violence and irregularities.

“The NSA vows that there will be severe consequence for anyone who is found to have disrupted the conduct of elections or abused his authority.

” He admonishes voters in the three states to come out en masse to exercise their franchise assuring them of adequate protection.”

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