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We’ll ensure Nigeria remains intact after 2015 polls – NSCDC boss

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) skipper, in Plateau State, Bature S. Vincent, has reiterated the commitment of his command to ensure that Plateau State, and by extension Nigeria, would have a hitch-free polls on March 28. He made this statement in an interaction with reporters in Jos, the state capital.

He said the readiness of his command to ensure untrammelled polls was evident in the strategic meetings being organised alongside other

Service Chiefs with critical stakeholders in the state. “We are adequately ready for effective conduct of this election that has generated a lot of tension in the state and, by extension, Nigeria. I have organised training and lectures for my officers on election matters. We have also synergised with the

State Electoral Commissioner (REC) and other security outfits to marshal out plans for the conduct of the elections. We have also spoken to politicians telling them not to parade tugs. Part of our effort also includes holding a round table meeting with all stakeholders such as politicians, royal fathers and Service Chiefs,” he said.

Bature also said that the NSCDC was proactive in combating crime and, were it not for that, there would have been more bombings in Jos, adding that the eagle eyes of his men, whom he posted among the State Task Force (STF) and the Nigeria Police had helped in averting the evil plans of suicide bombers in Jos, as many of them were arrested and handed over to the Police.

He, however, emphasised the robust relationship he enjoyed with the Nigeria Police and STF, stating that such relationship had brought about the relative peace being enjoyed by the people of Plateau.

 

He allayed the fears of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other Nigerians on the deployment of the military during the polls, stating that the military would mount guard at the boundaries of the state and not at polling centres or within the city.

“They will only be called upon when situations gets out of hand”, he said.

 

Consequently, Bature emphasised that the law gave NSCDC the mandate to arrest hoodlums and those who were bent on causing civil unrest and that his command would not hesitate to do so during the elections.”

One of the primary function of the NSCDC is to protect life and property, in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force. It’s also the duty of the agency to resolve crisis.

 

Bature advise Nigerians to come out and vote without any fear of intimidation, saying that those who think Nigeria would disintegrate should have a rethink, as all plans had been made to protect life and property before and after the polls. “There will be no post- election violence, as the case in 2011, I can assure Nigerians,” he said.

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