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Elections: NSA says politicians plotting to arm thugs, bandits

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..Governors worried over proliferation of arms

Godsgift Onyedinefu

Ahead of the 2019 elections, the National Security Advicer (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno said recent intelligence reports has indicated plans by some politicians who fear they may loose elections to instigate violence

Monguno however maintained that the Government will demonstrate zero tolerance to political thuggery and illegal bearing of fire arms.

Monguno, speaking at an emergency meeting held with the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and heads of security agencies on Tuesday in Abuja, said the IGP has instructed the various commands to arrest anyone bearing fire arms illegally or engaging in acts of violence.

He said “some individuals who are uncertain of their Fate in the elections are plotting to precipitate widespread violence aimed at sculting the conduct of the polls.

According to him their strategy is to cause crisis that could snowball into endless crises for the government and citizens.

Monguno however refrained from specifying some plots that have been uncovered but assured that security agancies will spare no efforts in dealing appropriately with any action that can destabilize the nation and paint it collectively in a bad light among the comity of states.

He said: “There are indications that these unscrupulous elements are already mobilizing merchants of violence, including armed banduits and terorists to orchestrate violence during the sections in several states of the federation.

“No individual or group is greater or more important than Nigeria. Accordingly, no individual or groups ambition is worth the loss of life of any Nigerian or national cohesion. In this regard, we owe Nigerians the duty to protect and preserve their lives and property regardless if our individual or group aspirations.”

The Security advicer further warned that no pseudo or quasi security outfits such as vigilantes or under any guise allowed to participate in election security duties.

He also charged all Governor’s at the forum to uphold their primary function constitutionally in the Security and welfare of the people.

The chairman, NGF Governor Abdualaziz Yari also said the Governors are concerned over the proliferation of arms and ammunition and the spate of kidnapping Criss the country.

He noted that the forum has recommended stronger collaboration and intelligence sharing amongst security agencies in the country to ensure that all lives and property are protected regardless of individual, group or affiliation.

He assured that all members if the forum are commityed to collaborate with all security agencies to deliver a free, fair elections and in a n enviroment conducive for peaceful elections.

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu also assured that all police personnel are neutral and apolitical against doubts. He added that the force Personnel are working hard to mop up illegal fire arms ahead of the elections.

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