A socio-political group, Osun Shall Rise Again, OSRA, has raised the alarm over the partisanship of the officials and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC in the ongoing Osun Governorship election.
In a statement by the Secretary and Chairman of OSRA, Saheed Bakare and Lanre Akeju, respectively, the group noted that officials and men of the NSCDC were seen openly canvassing votes for one of the candidates of the opposition parties, while preventing some voters who are known to be sympathisers of the ruling party from casting their ballots.
“It will be recalled that this is not the first time citizens of Osun would be complaining of the unprofessional conduct of the officials and men of the NSCDC in its handling of security issues in the State.
“You will recall that earlier this year, our patriotic students staged a protest over the wanton and brazen abuse of power and misuse of office by the officials and men of the security outfit.
“While we call for a proper investigation of the highly condemnable act, the National Headquarters of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps must sanction all its officers involved in this open show of partisanship.
“We also call on DIG Kokumo, whose primary duty is to superintend over the this election to immediately withdraw them from the election exercise before they provoke people to act in self defense.
“We are aware of the Interior Minister’s preference in this election, he should however do that without endangering the peace of our dear State. He should also desist from using state apparatus to settle political scores.”