The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has provided members of the public with a Toll-Free line, as part of deliberate strategies to ensure effective monitoring of security on June 18, gubernatorial election in Ekiti State.
This was contained in a press release signed by NSCDC Public Relations Director, DCC Olusola Odumosu and made available to journalists today.
The Toll-Free line, which is 080046837467, is targeted at protecting women and persons with disabilities, ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Ekiti State.
NSCDC also disclosed that a situation room has been set up at the State Command Headquarters, as a measure to swiftly respond to emergencies especially as it relates to security breaches and rescue probable electoral violence victims.
According to the statement, “The toll free line will help the public to link up with the Situation Room and furnish them with details from any part of the State.
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 Operations in charge of Ekiti election operations, Haruna Lawal Muhammed 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”.
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 resistance of any form of violence, intimidation and abuse especially, against women involved in the political exercise in the state.
On his part, the Executive Director, Balm in Gilead Foundation, Tumininu Adedeji said that, the organisation has a mandate with the National Democratic Institute to have a survival center for stopping Violence Against Women in Politics (VAWIP).
Adedeji who noted that women are more at risk before, during and after elections, advised citizens who are in the habit of attacking women during election to desist from such acts.