The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appealed to the customs and immigration services to help checkmake influx of foreigners into the country ahead of 2019 elections.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos State, Sam Olumekun, made the appeal during an Inter-Agency Consultative Meeting on Election Security in Lagos on Wednesday.
Olumekun said that no credible election could hold without adequate security, saying that security of personnel, materials and voters were key to credible elections.
“There is a need for strong collaboration between immigration and customs departments to deal with the problem of alien voters.
“There is a lot of work to do in this respect as 2019 elections approaches in Lagos because of the borders that we have here,” the INEC boss said.
He stressed the need to mop up foreigners in possession of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in error during the just-concluded Continous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise across the country.
Olumekun said the police was critical in ensuring security during elections, adding that the Nigerian Airforce and Nigerian Navy would assist INEC in accessing difficult terrains in election security.
The INEC commissioner expressed concerned over uncollected PVCs in the state totalling 1.4 million.
“We have a lot of PVCs with us in INEC yet to be collected. We have to focus on this issue in the next phase of our activities to get these cards to their owners. We enjoin all stakeholders to mobilise people for the collection.
Olumekun said that no fewer than 786,839 new registrants were captured during the CVR exercises in the state, which brought the total number of registered voters in the state to 6, 609, 115 voters.
In his remarks, Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, said that heads of various security agencies were meeting regularly to ensure a hitchfree election in 2019.
“We are here to fashion out watertight security ahead of 2019 general elections.
“By the end of this meeting, we will come up with a blueprint which we will follow tenaciously to ensure that the 2019 general elections are free, fair and peaceful with little or no security hitches,” he said.
Imohimi said that security agents had updated itslistlist of flash and hot spots to check violence and would intensify efforts at identifying foreigners in possession of PVCs.
Representatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Airforce, Nigerian Prisons, NDLEA, FRSC, NCS, NIS, Prisons attended the meeting.
Group Seeks Compensation For Building Collapse Victims In Lagos, Oyo
Advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for investigation into circumstances surrounding buildings collapse incidents in Lagos and Oyo states last week.
SERAP said the two states should take immediate steps to investigate the latest incidents and bring to justice complicit developers and contractors.
SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, says the group is ready to offer free legal services to affected families.
Building Collapse: Lagos Demolishes 13 Buildings
Five more buildings in Lagos Island have been brought down by the Lagos state government, bringing the number of demolished buildings to thirteen.
Lagos state building control agency embarked on this demolition on Friday to prevent another disaster after Wednesday’s collapsed building incident in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island.
Twenty persons were killed; forty-five others were injured when a four-storey building, housing a school at its top floor, collapsed. Most of the dead were children.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye described the exercise as a holistic response to the challenges posed by derelict structures and unapproved schools.
The government has taken over the site of the collapsed Massey street building.
Government officials say the ministry had identified 149 distressed and defective buildings, of which 40 have been demolished.
10 Killed In Attack On Kaduna Community
Ten persons have been killed in a fresh attack in Nandu community in Kaduna State.
Chairman Sanga local government council, Charles Danladi, says the attack happened in Nandu village in which eleven houses were burnt.
This is happening at a time when the state struggles to contain repeated attacks in Kajuru local government area of the state for two months now.
Dozens of civilians have been killed there in communal violence believed to be between the Adara people and their Fulani neighbours.
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