The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it would no longer tolerate any attempt by politicians to hold its officials hostage and force them to declare winners of elections under duress.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the warning at the meeting of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security ahead of Saturday’s elections, held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
He said that where such abduction occurs, the commission would not issue Certificates of Return.
Yakubu said the commission was worried over the rate of attacks on its personnel and the loss of lives and election materials recorded during the Feb. 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections
He noted that in the course of securing the elections, the security agencies, electoral officials and innocent Nigerians suffered needless attacks resulting in casualties including deaths and loss of personal and official properties.