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Security agencies pledge fairness during general poll

2015-01-21 22:31
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 Secretary respectively.

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 duties.

Also read: INEC solicits cooperation of security personnel on electoral litigation

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). 

- CAJ News
Read more on: 2015 elections  |  abuja  |  politics

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