The National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd.) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) had perfected plans to shut down the internet during the forthcoming elections, Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged.
The governor reportedly made this claim during the visit of Savannah Centre Council on Peaceful and Violence Free in Nigeria to the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Wike said, “The National Security Adviser has met with INEC to ensure that internet service providers shutdown the internet, so that foreign bodies won’t see what’s happening in the country during the elections.
“They will jam all the frequencies and internet services to stop real-time communication during the elections.
“This plot to rig the forthcoming elections is a recipe for violence. They will not succeed in whatever they are planning. The world will be informed about their criminal activities “.
Concise News had reported that Monguno said the government has uncovered plans by some politicians to use terrorists and bandits to cause violence during the forthcoming general elections.
Monguno noted that the security agencies would demonstrate zero-tolerance for political thuggery and illegal bearing of firearms.
The NSA stated this during a meeting with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum in Abuja, which was also attended by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The meeting was attended by governors of Kaduna, Oyo, Cross River, Ondo, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Edo, Osun, Abia, Nasarawa, Kebbi and Niger states.
Others were governors of Bauchi, Gombe, Delta, Enugu, and Benue states.
Monguno said, “In view of the usual stereotype that elections in Nigeria are always followed by violent clashes and sometimes loss of lives and property, the security agencies have been working round the clock to ensure the next general elections are free from any form of the usual after-election violence. However, recent intelligence reports have indicated plans by some individuals and groups to instigate violence during and after the coming elections.
“Reports reaching me have revealed that some individuals that are uncertain of their fate in the elections are plotting to precipitate widespread violence aimed at scuttling the conduct of the polls. There are indications that these unscrupulous elements are already mobilising merchants of violence, including bandits and terrorists to orchestrate violence during the elections in several states of the federation.
“No Individual or group’s ambition is worth the loss of life of any Nigerian or our national cohesion. In this regard, we owe Nigerians the duty to protect and preserve their lives and property regardless of our individual or group aspirations.”
The NSA urged the governors to carry out their primary function constitutionally which is the security and welfare of the people.