Abuja Security Committee has held an emergency meeting with an assurance to the residents of the territory that the security agencies are set for today’s council elections.
The emergency meeting, which was chaired by the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, was held at the Banquet Hall of the Minister’s Residence, Gwarinpa I District, Abuja.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) FCT Command, Mr. Aminu Abdullahi Kofar-Soro, disclosed that the emergency meeting was summoned by the FCT Minister who is the Chairman of the FCT Security Committee to finetune the security arrangements so far made to ensure a hitch-free election.
The commandant reiterated that the committee noted the importance of elections in a political dispensation and the need to protect lives and property before, during and after the elections.
He said the FCT security agencies have taken a pro-active action to protect the sensitive and insensitive materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to him, the committee announced the restriction of the movement of people between 7am and 5pm and solicited for the cooperation of all residents.
The committee, however, warned that anybody caught disrupting public peace would face the full wrath of the law as thuggery cannot be entertained.
The commandant pointed out that in order to guarantee the peaceful conduct of the elections, for instance, the NSCDC, FCT Command has already deployed 7,000 of its officers and men.
While appealing for peace, the commandant said the FCT Security Committee used the occasion to call on the residents of the territory to please come out en-masse to freely elect the councils’ leaders of their choice.
The emergency meeting was also attended by the FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, Acting Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Nuhu Ahmed, all the heads of military formation in FCT; FCT Police Commissioner; Director, Department of State Security; FCT Commandant of the NSCDC, representatives of customs, immigration and prisons.