Ahead of the governorship and state assembly elections slated for Saturday, 18 March, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has deployed personnel across the states where the elections will hold.
The teams led by senior officers began arriving at their assigned locations earlier on Friday 17 March with some of them consulting with the other security agencies involved in election security and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The team for Ebonyi State arrived in Abakaliki and met with the Commissioner of Police at the State Headquarters to register their presence before proceeding to the State INEC Headquarters for a brief meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC).
Officers of Kaduna Zonal Command led by ACEII Mustapha Abubakar who are on an election monitoring mission to Niger State also met the Commissioner of Police, J. A Ogundele, to register their presence in the state. They also visited the Resident Electoral Commissioner of Niger State, Ahmed Yushaâ€™u Garki.
Officers of the Abuja Zonal Command on election monitoring duty in Nasarawa State, led by ACE II Adeniyi Adebayo also registered their presence at the Nigeria Police Command Lafia and had a brief meeting with the Commissioner of Police.
The brief of the teams is to deter vote trading and other financial malpractices that could compromise the integrity of the elections.
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The Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa of the commission had, in a message to the teams before the Presidential and National Assembly elections of 5 March, charged them to exhibit a high sense of integrity and professionalism in carrying out their duties. â€œYou are out on a national assignment and I expect you to conduct yourselves responsibly in line with our core values of professionalism, integrity and courage. You have a responsibility to ensure that this election is devoid of financial malpractices, especially the inducement of voters. The attention of the world is focused on Nigeria and we must do what is necessary to ensure that we have credible, free and fair elections, â€œhe stated.
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1. Officers of Abuja Zonal Command on election monitoring duty in Nasarawa State, led by ACE II Adeniyi Adebayo rat the Police Command Lafia, meeting with the Commissioner of Police.
2. Team Ondo State at the Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police to register their presence with the Commissioner of Police.
3. EFCC Plateau State monitoring team on a visit to INEC office in Jos, meeting with the state REC.