The National Information Centre has urged Nigerians in the north-east region to exercise the highest level of vigilance while they cast their votes on Saturday for fear of terrorists’ attacks.
During a routine security briefing of the centre in Abuja on Wednesday, the spokesman for the Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, told reporters that security had been beefed up ahead of the Governorship election.
At the briefing, the issue of the schoolgirls abducted from their school’s dormitory in Chibok on April 14, 2014, came up.
While responding to questions from reporters on the whereabouts of the abducted schoolgirls since the military had liberated some communities in the north-east, Mr Omeri gave assurance that the military was doing its best to find the girls.
Although the army has dislodged the insurgents from their various strongholds in recent times, Mr Omeri said the search for the over two hundred school girls abducted from Chibok a year ago is still ongoing.
Except for a few cases of attacks and explosion in Gombe and Enugu States during the just concluded presidential elections, the March 28 polls were adjudged peaceful across the country.
While commending voters and security agencies for their roles and decorum during that exercise, Mr Mike Omeri urged citizens to be more vigilant during Saturday’s polls.
According to him, the Nigerian army is intensifying efforts to stamp out terrorism from the north-east.
The Nigerian troops in collaboration with foreign troops from Chad, Niger and Cameroon have been able to clear terrorists from Adamawa and Yobe States.
The centre was also asked to speak on the reported investigations into an alleged hacking of INEC’s website by the APC, which was reported by the department of state services before the presidential elections.
The department of state services and the police have been regular parties to the security briefings at the national information centre since its establishment last year.