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Thursday, 14 February 2019
Election Security: Nigerian Army Launches Election Monitoring & Security Room
The Chief of Army Staff Nigerian Army (NA), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has today Wednesday the 13th of February 2019 launched Elections Monitoring and Security Situation Room with the view to safeguarding and strengthening Nigeria’s democracy.
The launching/commissioning ceremony was done at the NA Cyber Warfare Command at the Army Headquarters Abuja. In his remarks at the occasion, the COAS stated that -“As a stakeholder in safeguarding Nigeria’s democracy, the NA requires real-time security situational awareness regarding the electoral processes nationwide in order to be well positioned to adequately respond, should the need arise”.
“The security situation monitoring solution acquired by the NA for this purpose, has been designed to avail a clear security situation during the electioneering period”, – he added.
The NA therefore enjoined members of the public to fully utilise this noble opportunity by forwarding timely credible information of security value via SMS, MMS or Whatsapp message to these dedicated public cellphone numbers: 07017222225, 09060005290, 08099900131 and 08077444303.
Similarly, the public could also utilize the NA information call centre short code 193 from any network provider.
Accordingly, digital cameras have been effectively mounted nationwide to monitor identified flash points to forestall any breach of peace. Also, additional cameras have been stationed strategically in all the states to monitor the elections and would provide unfettered opportunity to civil populace to send reports of security interest in their localities including any case of wrong doing or unprofessional conduct on the part of troops deployed to secure and safeguard the electoral process.
“Let me also use this opportunity to reiterate the total commitment of the NA under my leadership to a free, fair, transparent and credible 2019 elections”, he further added.