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Nigerian Govt. issues red alert over plot to scuttle polls

The Nigerian Government has raised a red alerted over plot by some desperate opposition elements to deploy widespread violence to mar the 2019 general elections which kick starts in a few weeks.

Having realized that their fortunes have dwindled badly ahead of the

polls, the desperate opposition is orchestrating

widespread violence with a view to truncating the elections, thus

triggering a constitutional crisis that could snowball into the

establishment of an interim government,” the Minister of Information

and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed, told a press conference in Abuja on

Monday.

Before you accuse the government of crying wolf, let me tell you,

gentlemen, that we have credible intelligence that armed bandits and

Boko Haram insurgents have been mobilized to engage in massive attacks

and other acts of violence in several states across the country,

including Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa,

Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara, the Minister said.

He said the Benue-based armed criminal group, led by Terwase AKWAZA,

also known as Gana, has been commissioned to strike soft targets in

Benue, Nasarawa, and Taraba States, while in Kano State, a group of

notorious

miscreants have been mobilized by some prominent opposition leaders to

provoke massive chaos before, during and after the elections.

There is also an international dimension to the evil plan. Some

armed mercenaries from Niger Republic have been contracted to attack

top government functionaries, including state governors, across the

North-west between now and the elections, Mohammed said.

He, however, assured of the Federal Government’s commitment to a

credible, free, fair and peaceful elections, hence it is taking every

possible measure to counter ”these evil plans by unpatriotic

anarchists.

The Minister appealed to all Nigerians to be vigilant in the days

ahead., and urged the media to help in sensitizing members of the

public on the observed threats, which are capable of disrupting the

elections.

The punchline of our long running campaign on security � if you see

something, say something � remains relevant, perhaps even more, at

this time, he said.

Mohammed said all the relevant agencies under the Federal

Ministry of Information and Culture will work together to ensure that

Nigerians are alerted to the dangers posed to the forthcoming

elections by unscrupulous, unpatriotic and desperate characters who

will not hesitate to destabilize the country if they cannot achieve

their inordinate ambition.

The Minister said the government was working very well with the intelligence received and will ensure it is nip in the bud,starting also that the red alert was not meant to instill fear in the people but just to inform everyone to be watchful and report any suspicious move.

Source: Voice of Nigeria