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Kogi/Bayelsa election: Cleen Foundation lauds security agencies

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Kogi/Bayelsa election: Cleen Foundation lauds security agencies

The Cleen Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has lauded security agencies for their professionalism during Nov.16, Kogi and Bayelsa governorship election.


Dr Benson Olugbuo, Executive Director of the foundation said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Olugbuo commended the security agencies on election duties for maintaining impartiality and remaining approachable during the election.

According to him, security was 77 per cent adequate during the election and a large number of the security personnel were observed and recorded to be wearing easily identifiable name tags.

“It was observed that majority of the voters at the Polling Units (PUs)felt safe and secure owing to the adequate presence, approach-ability and impartiality of the security personnel on election duties.

“Although it was reported that there was 23 per cent inadequacy on the number of security personnel in the PUs, and a few personnel were not wearing name tags. This was observed in both Bayelsa and Kogi.

“The accredited observers deployed by Cleen Foundation noted that voters in Bayelsa felt safe and secured more than voters in Kogi.

“We must, however, applaud the security agents for not using force on anyone at the PUs, though this explains the situation of no resistance by political thugs in shooting and snatching ballot boxes in the election,” he said.

Olugbuo, however, raised concern over some recorded poor conduct of security personnel in the face of violence and insecurity during the election in both states.

He alleged that security personnel were unable to manage and prevent thugs from disrupting the election and carting away voting materials which led to several incidents of ballot box snatching in both states.

According to him, at PU 20, Etegwe Primary School, Ward 5 in Yenegoa, Bayelsa, the ballot box was snatched at the end of voting with no resistance from the security personnel at the Polling Unit.

“Two persons were reportedly killed in Kogi on the day of the election in Lokoja. Prior to the election, there were various reports of killings in the two states,’’ he said.

He recommended that security agencies deployed on election duties should investigate and arrest all those responsible for the violence unleashed on voters by political thugs in Bayelsa and Kogi.

This he said was in order to enhance the integrity of the electoral process and in deepening democracy in Nigeria.

Edited by Ali Baba (NAN)-Inuwa

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