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We Are Ready To Provide Security For The Presidential Election – Defence Chief Assures


We Are Prepared To Offer Security For The Presidential Election, Assures Defense Chief
Gen. Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has assured Nigerians that the armed forces and other security agencies are prepared to ensure a safe and secure environment for the 2023 general elections.

Irabor provided the guarantee shortly after meeting with service chiefs and heads of security agencies in Abuja on Monday.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and the Chief of Defence Intelligence attended the closed-door meeting (CDI).

He stated that the meeting’s objective was to examine election security plans and devise new ones.

“We have just finished the meeting. The service chiefs, the Inspector General of Police, the DSS, represented by the Director of Operations, the DG, NIA and the CDI.

“Looking at the security for the elections and as you know, the police is the lead agency for elections security, we have compared notes and assessed the entire situation and we are good to go.

“The assessment is that we are set on all fronts.

“We got representation from the Independent National Electoral Commission, who of course you have interacted with, and had also told Nigerians and the world that they are ready for this election.

“By and large, we are good to go and I like to use this opportunity to assure Nigerians that on the security front, we are good to go on all fronts,”

He said.

Irabor also gave assurance that the security agencies would cover every part of the country to ensure peaceful elections, so that all eligible Nigerians exercise their franchise.

He added that contingency actions had been taken to address areas with peculiar security challenges.

The CDS warned those that intend to cause trouble during the elections to have a rethink, “because they will have a bloody nose”.