NIA demands security check on foreign poll observers

The National Intelligence Agency on Thursday provoked a fresh discourse on the accreditation of foreign observers for elections by the Nigerian government saying it should be reviewed in national interest and for security reasons.

The NIA said it had become necessary for the Federal Government to put foreign election observers on its watchlist for national security.

According to the NIA, Nigeria must not grant foreign election observers unfettered access to “certain things that are critical to our national security.”

The Director-General of NIA, Ahmed Abubakar, represented by the agency’s Head (General Operations), Hamza Mohammed, issued the warning during a symposium titled, ‘Elections monitoring and Observation: 2023 general election and way forward’, jointly organised by the African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for Africa’s Development and the National Institute of Security Studies, the training agency for senior officers of the Department of State Services and other security agencies.

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