The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has launched a Nigerian Public and Domestic Security Alert System (N-Alerts) to assist reporting of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) before, during and after the general elections.
According to a statement by NSCDC spokesperson Olusola Odumosu, the alert system was launched by Women’s Affairs Minister Ms. Pauline Tallen on Wednesday at the NSCDC national headquarters in Abuja.
The event, which marked the 3rd Annual Forum of the Women, Peace and Security Sector Reference Group, had as its theme “The role of female security personnel in the 2023 general elections”.
NSCDC Commanding General Ahmed Abubakar Audi said the new technology would also be used to report criminal acts likely to take place during elections.
He said there has been a high level of collaboration between sister agencies, giving hope for a free, fair and transparent election.
“We, the security agencies, are on the same page, well prepared and ready to thwart the efforts of those who plan to crash the electoral process.
“The police are the lead agency in election security and we are going to work together with other sister agencies, and I assure you that it will translate into positive results,” he said.
The Corps helmsman promised the Minister his continued effort to create platforms for the female gender to display their talents.
The Minister for Women’s Affairs called on all security agencies to protect and defend the votes of Nigerians to lead to credible elections.
She said the introduction of the School SGBV APP will further protect female students from sexual abuse, cults and other forms of attacks in their schools.