THE Federal Government, on Thursday, revealed that some terrorists had perfected plans to attack polling booths in the forthcoming general election.
Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC), Mr Mike Omeri, who stated this during a briefing to update newsmen on the current security situation in Nigeria, disclosed that there were plans to steal or buy Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of female voters, in order to deceive the electorate and carry out their evil intention.
Omeri, however, urged Nigerians to remain vigilant as they prepare to go to the polling booths to cast their votes.
His words: “Recent intelligence reports indicate that some unscrupulous Nigerians have perfected plans to surreptitiously collect, buy or steal the PVCs of female voters, hand over same to female suicide bombers and create access for them into polling centres, where they will detonate bombs and kill unsuspecting voters.
“By this information, therefore, Nigerians, especially female voters, are warned to remain vigilant and also jealously guard and preserve their PVCs to avoid the possibility of their being lost to these bad elements, who will put them to untoward uses.”
Speaking at a separate press conference on the need for a peaceful election, Omeri, who is also the Director-General of the National Orientation agency ( NOA), maintained that the agency was partnering with corporate bodies, individuals and the civil groups to sensitise people on the need to do the right thing.
According to him, the campaign became important in view of reports received by the agency from its 36 states offices.
He said the reports “indicate palpable fear of the possibility of violence regardless of the outcome of the 2015 general election.
“Equally reaching us are reports of families moving to places they consider safe, while others are stocking up food and basic essentials in anticipation.”
“This has led to the need for an urgent introduction of persuasive positive narrative of violence-free pre and post- elections outcome, which is key and an essential strategy to encourage non-violence within the period and thereafter.
“In view of the foregoing, the NOA and its partners have designed a comprehensive and strategic peace messaging campaign, tagged: “Do the Right Thing#Wagepeace2015”.
Source: Tribune


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