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INEC urges Reps to classify its facilities as high

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu has appealed to the House of Representatives to classify its facilities as high security facilities across Nigeria.

He made the appeal during an Investigation Hearing of the Ad hoc Committee set up by the House to Investigate the attacks On INEC Offices and Facilities held in Abuja.

Professor Yakubu however said INEC might not be able to hold election in the states where facilities are being repeatedly attacked

He urged the National Assembly to expedict action to pass the Electoral Offences Commission Bill.

“Any nation that does not penalize offenders is doomed. INEC is saddled with a responsibility that it can not execute” Prof. Yakubu said

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, represented by the chairman House Committee on Customs, Leke Abejide, said the House is quite disturbed at the systematically orchestrated attacks not only because it poses a threat to INEC’s capacity to conduct the 2023 general elections, but also because it is an attack on democratic governance and the perpetrators of the attacks are enemies of democracy.

“It is on these basis that the House of Representatives not only unequivocally condemned these nefarious attacks, but also resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incessant attacks on INEC facilities.

”We are indeed hopeful that at the end of this investigation, the Committee would be able to come up with far reaching recommendations that will not only bring an end to these unfortunate attacks on our democracy, but also ensure that the perpetrators of the nefarious acts will be made to face the full wrath of the law”. Gbajabiamila said.

The Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee, Mrs Oluga Taiwo Oluremi, said from the submissions, the security agencies are under-staffed.

She noted that the House would look into the issue of adequate manpower of security agencies as well as other recommendations

She also urged security forces to be more proactive to prevent further attacks

In his submission, the Commandant Civil Defense, Ahmed Audi, said the NSCDC has lost men in the crisis, especially in Imo state, saying they have increased deployment of men to curtail the attacks.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade