The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has warned its staff to stay away from partisan politics as the 2023 general election approaches.

NSCDC Commanding General Ahmed Abubakar Audi gave the warning in a new year message signed by the body’s Public Relations Director Olusola Odumosu.

The GC charged staff to maintain the pace of professionalism as the nation enters the election year, reminding them of the need to stay informed about new election laws and guidelines, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and the Corps Code of Ethics.

“Let me warn others who may be feeding malicious ideas into their heads to find their way out of the system because the Corps will not condone any form of indiscipline, crime, or activity against the public interest and the image of the organization.

“I urge you not to let your guard down, but to focus on the task you have been given to ensure our nation’s survival this election year.

“Try as far as possible to remain apolitical and not get involved in partisan politics, as anyone caught will be named after their father on doomsday,” he warned.

Abubakar noted that the year 2023 marks a turning point in Nigerian history as it ushers in a new political administration that will oversee the country’s affairs for the next four years.

He assured the Corps’ commitment to support the electoral process, guaranteeing the security of INEC’s sensitive and non-sensitive materials and assets.

He said the 2023 general election will not only be free and fair, but will take place in a peaceful environment as the NSCDC, in collaboration with other security agencies, has strategized and stands ready to ensure the safety of the voters confronting criminals head on.

The GC added that State Commanders have deployed officers and men to protect INEC offices nationwide against arsonists.

Nigeria’s presidential and national assembly elections will be held on February 25, 2023, while gubernatorial and state assembly elections will be held on March 11, 2022.