Election Monitor, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), has called on heads of security agencies to announce sanctions for security operatives caught involved in election malpractice.
Mr Abiodun Ajijola, a National Coordinator of the organisation, made the call at the Public Presentation of the 2019 Ekiti State Governorship Election Observation and Research Guide on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to him, the call to provide clear punishment for security personnel liable of election malpractice was to deter those that might be tempted to collude with unscrupulous politicians.
Ajijola also advised security heads to take the welfare of their personnel seriously ahead of the election to prevent them from being induced to engage in election malpractice.
“The Nigerian Police leadership especially should ensure that the welfare of its officers in Ekiti is made available to them on time,” the civil rights advocate said.
Media reports, he said, indicated that the police would deploy 30,000 personnel for the Ekiti election which was a sharp increase from the 18,000 deployed in 2014.
According to him, what this meant was that there will be an average of one policeman to every 30 voters in Ekiti and 13 to 14 security officers per polling unit.
“This is unprecedented in any governorship election in the past; with this sharp increase of police deployment, this election is going to be one the most heavily policed election.
“While there have been some election violence-related issues, the security agencies must be cautious not to aggravate the situation.
“The key issue is not only the number of security personnel but also the impartiality and professional conduct of the officers while on election duty.
“There is a need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to appeal to the security chiefs to intervene by providing clear consequences.
“This is necessary to caution personnel who might be partisan and work against the conduct of peaceful elections irrespective of political affiliations,” Ajijola said.
He said that the caution was necessary because of much of what had happened in the past where insecurity did not allow the conclusion of the conduct of elections.
The rights advocate urged political actors to play by the rules and avoid any attempt to interfere with or manipulate the conduct of the Ekiti elections.
He also advised candidates to desist from making inflammatory statements and threats of violence.
Ajijola said that INEC needed to continue its development of Nigeria’s electoral process by ensuring that it successfully achieved its mandate in all areas.
He urged the commission to ensure consistent adherence to its guidelines on the use of card readers adding that manual accreditation should not be allowed.
The CSO further urged INEC to sanction staff that disobeyed the law by deliberately refusing to use the card reader.
Ajijola also called for effective sanctions for political office holders and other highly placed individuals involved in electoral violence.
He said that the Election Monitor’s mission was to promote transparent electoral processes in Africa.
The group urged the electorate to remain law-abiding and come out en masse on July 14 to cast their votes.
See the damages caused by heavy rainfall and flood in Lagos state today
We are just in the month of May but residents of Lagos state, in the commercial center of Nigeria have taken to social media as they complained bitterly about the havoc wrecked as result of the heavy downpour the State today, May 20, 2019.
The only reason that calls for concern is that we are still in the month of May, as Lagos state have always been one of those states yearly affected by flooding in Nigeria. This is down to the coastal location of the state coupled with poor drainage system.
The rain which started in the early hours of Monday caused many displeasure, which prompted many to take on social media to vent their discontent on the lingering problem.
Aside from the complaint of Legosians, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) reported the collapse of two buildings, one in Abule Egba and the other near Ladipo Bus Stop in Oshodi.
“A building consisting of 4 rooms built on the fence of house 13 Erinjiyan Drive off Alhaja Mulika street had collapsed due to heavy rain,” the agency disclosed.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) reported on flash floods immediately after the rain in Ijaiye inward Meiran. Some trees were fell on the road, preventing road users from moving freely. LASTMA officers swung to action to ensure the trees are cleared off the road.
Residents of Lagos have taken to twitter to call on Governor Elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to make that a top priority when sworn in.
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Dosumu Ayomide, Twitter weed laced brownies seller in an online scam scandal
A lady who deals in weed laced brownies, Dosumu Ayomide have been accused of multiple scandal by Twitter user, NIGERIA NEWS report.
Ayomide fearlessly promoted her business on Twitter sometimes last year, as she display the pictures of placed orders she delivered. This has got many people attracted to her.
Dosumu have been called out by a Twitter user, with username, @iamfemifactor for engaging in scandalous acts.
Femi Factor alleged her of taking a loan and refusing to acknowledge the money which he transferred to him. She allegedly denied receiving the money, which prompted him to call him out. Other people thereafter to Twitter to confirm that, alleging her of the said act and even shaming her.
He posted, “Here goes the story of the #5KScammer @OgShallz I dont usually call people out but taking loans and claiming not to receive it and also taking orders for your business and not delivering what people order is a big fraud and scam.”
So on Thursday I got a distress message from @ogshallz that she needed 5k which she would return by weekend, to my surprise, when i sent the money, she claimed she never recieved it, I got so worried that i even contacted barter by @theflutterwave Nd they confirmed d transaction
Was successful, but she kept denying it saying her bank’s systems were down, I even offered to help by sending her the transaction Id but she never sent back a screenshot of complaining about it. She emphasized I should send another which spooked me off right away
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Here goes the story of the #5KScammer @OgShallz I dont usually call people out but taking loans and claiming not to receive it and also taking orders for your business and not delivering what people order is a big fraud and scam. #Thread
— Femi Factor (@iamfemifactor) May 20, 2019
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