The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has launched a toll-free number to rescue electoral violence victims in Saturday’s guber election in Ekiti. This was contained in a statement signed by the corps director, public relations. The statement reads:
‘As part of deliberate strategies to ensure effective monitoring of security on June 18, gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has set up a situation room at the State Command Headquarters with support from USAID, UKaid, Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).’
‘The situation room is a proactive measure to swiftly respond to emergencies especially as it relates to security breaches and rescue probable electoral violence victims. It will also help to update Ekiti people and the general public on the conduct of the election.’
‘The Corps’ Acting Deputy Commandant-General (DCG), Operations, Haruna Lawal Muhammed, fdc, in charge of EKITI election operations, said that although the state was adequately secured, it was important to ensure the rights of women and other vulnerable individuals are protected in before, during and after the election.’
According to him, NSCDC will continue to partner all relevant organisations ready to ensure that the security and rights of citizens are not violated. To this effect, the Ekiti Election Monitoring Situation Room and Rapid Response Centre will be deploying the N-Alert security platform from the Ministry of Interior with three alert categories: See Something Say Something, Records and Election Monitoring.
In doing so, members of the public are provided with a Toll-Free line, which is 080046837467, to enable the public to link up with the Situation Room and furnish them with details from any part of the State to protect women and persons with disabilities who are more vulnerable ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election.
Muhammed, disclosed that NSCDC launched her Gender policy in 2021 and in recognition of the competence and capability of women, 160 armed Special Female Squad were drafted to ensure the resistance of any form of violence, intimidation and abuse especially, against women involved in the political exercise in the state.