Bayo Oyewale Lokoja
Ahead of 2019 general elections in the Country ,the Zonal Commander of NSCDC , AGC Lugard Osaro Osemwiege has said that importance of security agencies including Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps can not be over emphasized in an election duties .
The Zonal Commander in Charge of Zone H, ACG Lugard Osaro Osemwiege who disclosed on Wednesday while speaking at one day Sensitization seminar on electionl duty in Lokoja, stated that the the NSCDC personnel along with other security agencies have critical role to play during election period.
According to him, electioneering process has a lot of stakeholders , saying that the process is like a game of football where there are players(their contesting teams), the referee , the lineman , match commissioners, the fans , the spectators and even recently concluded world cup in Russia a video Assistant Referee VAR was technique was introduced.
The Zonal Commander Stated that the players are the politicians which scattered all over the registered political Parties with about 91 of them, adding that referee is Independent National Electoral Commission INEC as umpire that regulates the play and announce s the results .
He added that the linesmen are the INEC staff and adhoc staff at the polling units which represent umpire.
“The Security Agencies that is Police, Nigeria Security Defence and Civil Defence , Immigration Services , Nigeria Prisons Services, Federal Road Safety Corps and the Military which comprises of Nigeria Army , Navy and Air force are the match commissioners.
“The fans are the voters which will come in their large numbers to ensure their team wins ,Some are diehard fans who are bent on ensuring victory for their team. The spectators are the observers both local and foreign , the press and Non governmental organisations”,he stressed
He therefore warned the NSCDC personnel not shun corruption and should not take bribe because the consequences will not go down well with them.
“You are not to be partisan and not expected to canvass for any political party. You must dress neatly and carry on identification tag . No collection of money from any party .
No collection of tribe . Remember in civil defence you collect bribe you die “, he added