By Gbenga Ariyibi
The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC),Dr Ade Abolurin has assured that the corps has prepared to work intimately with the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other law enforcement agencies in the country to ensure a crime free general election come 2011.
The NSCDC boss who noted that the country cannot avoid to fail in the conduct of a standard and acceptable election as it is being done in other civilized countries of the world, said the president,Dr GoodluckJonathan was very passionate about this.He further disclosed that men and officers in his organisation have been trained and retrained on how to achieve a crime-free society with less forceful but scientific method.
He, however urged all Nigerians to join hands with the federal government to make the election free of violence and other electoral malpractices, so that the clamour for free, fair and acceptable election could be achieved.
His words: “We have been ensuring a crime-free environment and that of 2011 won’t be an exemption. We are going to re-strategise our personal activities to ensure smoothness, orderliness, progress as well as hitch-free electioneering process.”
Asked if there were moves to arm his men guarding the petroleum pipelines to ward off vandals who are usually armed to the teeth, the Commandant General said it was not his responsibility to determine whether the men of NSDC were to be armed or not, but disclosed that the Federal Government would take appropriate steps it deemed fit for the corps.
“Government has said, done and will act appropriately as at when due what it feels or deems appropriate for the corps to possess.”
Charging Nigerians to ensure the 2011 electoral goals were not frustrated and jeopardized, the NSCDC Commandant General said the role to be played by the people was tremendous and would have great impact in the final outcome of the general elections.