FG tasks security agencies on peaceful gubernatorial, state assembly elections

THE Federal Government has directed the security agencies in the country to ensure that the February 9 Governorship and State Assembly elections are held under a safe and peaceful atmosphere.

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Retd), however, commended the security agencies and the electorate on the peaceful conduct of the February 23rd Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Dambazau who spoke in his office in Abuja, thanked security agencies for their professionalism and conduct before, during and after the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

A statement on Friday in Abuja by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Interior, Mr Mohammed Manga, said the Minister also applauded Nigerians for coming out en masse to exercise their civic responsibility, the outcome of which had been adjudged free, fair and credible.

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Although the 23rd February 2019 Elections were overwhelmingly peaceful, Dambazau however, condemned reported cases of violence in few areas and further condoles with families of those who lost their loved ones in such circumstances.

He vowed that the Federal Government would ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice.

He, therefore, urged the security agencies to redouble their efforts, to ensure the safety of lives and property during the 9th March 2019 elections.

The Minister re-emphasized Government’s resolve to deal with any person, or group of persons in possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons, or engaging in electoral violence/thuggery and other acts of threats to internal security, in accordance with the laws.

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