Former vice-president and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar (L) casts his vote during the presidential primary of the party in Lagos. ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Lagos - The Forum of Spokespersons of Security
and Response Agencies (FOSSRA) has pledged to conduct their duties in a
professional, non-partisan and apolitical manner during the general election
In a communiqué after their first meeting of the year, the forum said its
members will continue to ensure that press statements as well as official
pronouncements of individual members as well as their organisations remained in
line with the conduct they pledged.
Following the meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday, the organisation issued the
communiqué signed by Major Gen. Chris Olukolade and Emmanuel Okeh, Chairman and
In a statement made available to this publication, they stressed the need for
efficient and effective inter-agency collaboration, members resolved not to be
distracted by blackmail and intimidation in carrying out their statutory
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The forum reassured law abiding Nigerian citizens of the preparedness of the
security agencies to ensure safety of their lives and property before, during
and after the forthcoming general elections while encouraging security
consciousness among the citizens by being vigilant all the time.
It also emphasised the need for the public to report suspicious movements,
objects or suspects to relevant authorities.
FOSSRA’s membership is drawn Defence Headquarters, Army, Airforce, Navy,
Police, Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence
Corps (NSCDC), National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Office of the National
Security Adviser (NSA), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),
Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigeria
Prison Service (NPS), Federal Fire Service (FFS), Federal Road Safety
Commission (FRSC) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Some of these agencies have ahead of elections accused of aligning themselves
with the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).