SSS: Political Violence Unacceptable
Alarmed by the rising wave of violence across the country ahead April general elections , the State Security Services (SSS) has said it would not tolerate such acts any further.
It warned politicians who incite violence to desist from such acts as the service was determined to hold them accountable to their action.
Director of SSS, Ita Ekpeyong, who spoke at a meeting with Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and commissioners of the organization, said the service would no longer condone the antics of desparate politicians bent on imposing their will on the electorate.
The organization, therefore, warned that the use of violence on political opponents, inciting statements and utterances, desperations of politicians would not be entertained any further.
“We believe all this violence is preparatory to greater violence by those even though they know they have failed, would want to use violence to impose themselves and their will on the rest of the nation. We are now better prepared than before to confront these unscrupulous people headlong. This is why have invited you here today, Mr. Chairman”.
In his speech, the INEC chairman, Professor Atahiru Jega, assured that the commission is fully prepared to conduct the elections that would be adjudge the best in the nation's history.
“This is because INEC has all the logistics and human resources to do so. We have put everything emplace is ready to give the country nothing but the best”, he said.
He, however, lamented the contradictory court orders and the recklessness of some Judges in issuing exparte orders as well as problems of violence and insecurity. He solicited the cooperation of SSS and other security agencies in conducting the elections.
He pledged that INEC would be non- partisan, impartial and fair to all and sundry, urging the SSS to identify the politicians who are hell bent on disrupting the process.
He also called on the SSS to help monitor the conduct of all INEC staff including the Resident Electoral Chiefs in the states for investigation and possible prosecution.