Security Tips During Elections

As the countdown to the election begins, be informed of an impending security exercise by the government security agencies in the country being carried out as part of the efforts to ensure maximum security before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

Kindly find below the important information and security tips:

1. The Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security agencies have been put on high alert and they are expected to conduct periodic and random searches on people, vehicles and various hot spots. Thus, we are therefore advised to cooperate with them during this period; do not abuse security agents, obstruct their work, or resist them unnecessarily to avoid unfortunate repercussions. We have been informed that the Show of Force exercise is also a Shoot-at-Sight order.

2. There will be restricted movement of people in the hours leading to, and during the March 28th Presidential elections and April 11th Gubernatorial elections. Thus, we are advised to observe and comply with these directives for our personal safety

3. We are advised to adequately stock our homes with required food items during the election period, in case of emergencies, imposed curfews or other threats that may arise after the elections.

4. If you are registered to vote and have your Permanent Voter’s Card, you are advised to go early to the Polling Centres, get accredited, cast your votes and leave the vicinity immediately for your homes to await the results.

5. Please do not cluster around polling centres and stay away from groups and bunching of people, no matter the discussion or incident that may have attracted them together.

6. Begin now to gather information about your environment and feel the pulse around your intended voting centre. Study your polling unit, and if it’s packed with miscreants, thugs and unknown faces, steer clear; remember that your life matters more than the vote.

7. Dress responsibly and avoid adorning any political attire, party logos etc. to prevent mistaken identity and possible victimization. Please remember that no campaign is allowed during elections. Avoid wearing politically branded T-shirts, caps or bearing handbills, posters, pamphlets and banners of candidates. This can pose as a risk.

8. Avoid joining in on inciting discussions at the voting centre which may be capable of fanning the embers of political discords amongst the political parties and their agents.

9. Stay away from parked cars and abandoned packages, luggage etc.

10. Do not buy drinks, snacks, etc. around polling centres, nor should you share/receive consumables or gifts from anyone at the polling centres. If you sense danger or suspect any foul play, report to the approved Security Agents. Don’t take the law into your own hands!

11. Avoid taking your vehicle, kids or expensive jewellery and other personal belongings to the polling centres.

You are encouraged to be extra-vigilant and law-abiding during this period. Further information will be provided as the elections draw near.

Please note, nobody can secure you more than yourself.

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