The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has warned its personnel in Anambra against supporting any political parties during the November 11 governorship election in Imo.
NSCDC commandant in Anambra, Edwin Osuala, addressed the team before their departure on Tuesday in Awka and warned them against unethical and unprofessional conduct.
“You must shun all conduct that would make the public see you as partisan; your only stake is to provide security, and that must be done in the most civil and professional manner,” he warned.
Mr Osuala warned that any officer caught acting against the rules of engagement or compromise with political actors would be dealt with.
“I assembled you here today to brief you ahead of your deployment to Imo. First, our commandant general, Dr Ahmed Audi, has charged officers and men to join forces with sister agencies to provide the needed security for the movement of election materials, INEC officials, and the electorate to cast their votes peacefully,” stated Mr Osuala.
He added, “This is a national assignment, and I expect you to be professional, civil, and polite but firm in the discharge of your duties and responsibilities.”
Mr Osuala reminded the team that the success of the Imo gubernatorial election is tied to the safety and security of voters and election officials.
He, therefore, said they must conduct themselves within the framework of the corps’ code of conduct and rules of engagement.
“As security personnel on electoral duty, you are to exhibit a high sense of integrity and respect for the rights of citizens during the exercise,” the commandant added.
He called on the people of Imo to remain law-abiding and assist security agencies in maintaining peace and security before, during, and after the election.