DAILY FILE – The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.), has said that security forces had received intelligence that some politicians were planning to use terrorists and bandits to cause violence during the forthcoming general elections.
Monguno, warned that no pseudo or quasi security outfits such as vigilantes or under any guise is allowed to participate in election security duties.
The NSA stated this during a meeting with state governors in Abuja, which was also attended by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
He noted that the government would demonstrate zero-tolerance for political thuggery and illegal bearing of firearms.
Monguno said, “In view of the usual stereotype that elections in Nigeria are always followed by violent clashes and sometimes loss of lives and property, the security agencies have been working round the clock to ensure the next general elections are free from any form of the usual after-election violence. However, recent intelligence reports have indicated plans by some individuals and groups to instigate violence during and after the coming elections.
He added, “In the same vein, we shall not spare any effort to do the needful in any event of activities that threatens the security and welfare of Nigerians. Therefore, I wish to state that no pseudo or quasi security outfits such as vigilantes or under any guise is allowed to participate in election security duties.
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