The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of INEC in Benue State, Nentawe Yilwatda, has said the commission has reviewed the security architecture of the state to ensure safety of lives and property in the 2019 elections. Yilwatda made the remark at a recent public enlightenment campaign organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Makurdi.
The REC explained that the spate of violence during the 2015 general elections in the state necessitated the review of security architecture to avoid a repeat of the deadly outing which led to the killing of some INEC officials and destruction of the commission’s property in some areas of the state.
“We have reviewed the security architecture of Benue State. Anybody that attempts to repeat in 2019 what happened in 2015 will be arrested,” he said.
He said there were pointers from primary elections held in the state few months ago, noting that gunshots were recorded in 11 out of 23 local government areas of the state while attacks were carried out in 16 of the LGAs between January and December, this year.
“These are pointers that we need restraint and a more peaceful community,” he added.