Edo - The Nigeria Police and Department of State Services have appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the Edo State governorship poll set for Saturday, citing threats of terror attacks.
Don Awunah, police spokesperson, said credible intelligence availed the agencies indicate plans by insurgent/extremist elements to attack vulnerable communities and soft targets with high population during the forthcoming Sallah celebrations between September 12 and 13.
Edo State is among the states being earmarked for these planned attacks by the extremist elements.
Awunah said the public would recall similar threats were issued during the May Labour Day and Democracy Day celebrations as well as the Ed-el-fitr holidays in July.
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“It is in regard of these that we are appealing to INEC which has the legal duty to regulate elections in the country to consider the need for possible postponement of the date of the election in Edo State in order to enable security agencies deal decisively with the envisaged terrorist threats,” said Awunah.
“While the Police/DSS remain mindful of the inconveniences this request may cause the various political stakeholders, it is our strong resolve that security agencies need not be distracted from ensuring a peaceful and secured Nigeria now and always.”
Members of the public have been assured security agencies would remain focused and committed.
“The attention of the Security Agencies should be drawn to any observed unusual movements or actions by groups or individuals in their neighborhoods,” Awunah said.
- CAJ News