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Path to hitch-free election, by stakeholders

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• Police probe arrest of SDP members in Anambra

Stakeholders in the security and media sectors have called for improve public enlightenment through advocacy on critical issues towards a hitch-free election.They made the call at a dialogue, which explored ideas on public safety and security risks with regard to the general elections.

The event was organised by Academy Halogen, an institution dedicated to security risk management, thought leadership and policy development.They also advised the youths to avoid acts that are capable of disrupting the peace of the country, before and after the elections.
 
Special Adviser on Security and Intelligence to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Adekunle Ajanaku, explained that based on past and contemporary development; elections in Nigeria are prone to violence and civil disturbances. Ajanaku said youths are more vulnerable because they are mostly idle and unemployed, hence political players easily convince and use them to cause disorderliness in the society.

Contributing, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdulrazaq Balogun, identified unresolved issues arising from the electoral primaries among political parties as a major factor likely to pose risks to the coming election.   
   
A Superintendent of Police, Aladesanmi Adebayo, advocated more quality orientation to the masses and key stakeholders involved in the election business through the media, while a journalist, Joe Agbro, solicited a violence-free election in their daily reportage.In a statement, the Group Managing Director, Halogen Security Company Limited, Mr. Wale Olaoye, emphasised the importance of technology in solving electoral issues in the country.
   
Also, a columnist, Mrs. Bamidele Olateju, said youth should be involved in strategies aimed at reducing risks associated with elections with its huge youth population, who can be reached through the social media.Director General, Association of Enterprise Risk Management Professionals (AERMP), Mr. Olayinka Odutola, stressed that election period in Nigeria poses multiple socio-economic challenges for the country.

Meanwhile, the Police in Awka, Anambra State have waded into reported arrest and brutalisation of some members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) by hired thugs, allegedly working for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).They were arrested at Nnobi, in Idemili South Local Council and Abatete in Idemili North local council areas for displaying posters of their party candidates side by side those of the APGA candidate.

The state Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Haruna Mohammed confirmed the arrest to The Guardian yesterday.One of the victims, Paul Onwughalu, had narrated how they were beaten and ordered into the van waiting to set ablaze.State Publicity Secretary of APGA, Chinedu Nkwonta, described the APGA candidate in the area “as refined democrats who cannot be associated with anything untoward.”


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