The INSTITUTE OF SAFETY PROFESSIONAL OF NIGERIA has released various Safety and Security tips for the general public as General Election is fast approaching.

1. Stay up to date with daily news from trusted sources (national dailies, radio and television stations).
2. Do not show your political affiliations. Do not discuss or argue about any political aspirant or party.
3. Avoid demonstrations or riots. Immediately leave areas that show signs of demonstrations or unrest.
4. Maintain good communications with family members, friends, neighbour’s and colleagues. Let them know your destination whenever you are going out.
5. Always go out in the company of friends or relatives, especially in lonely areas. It is better to avoid lonely routes.

1. During the election, avoid sharing sensitive information on social media platforms
2. Minimise movements and if possible, avoid traveling for the two days before and after the election date. Do not stay out late.
3. Always go out in company of friends or relatives. Avoid walking alone, particularly in lonely areas.
4. On election day, go home directly after casting your vote. Do not disclose the candidates you voted for. Do not discuss your voting activities publicly.
5. Lock your car while driving. Avoid picking strangers.

1. Cooperate with security personnel. Do not resist arrest.
2. Identify the officers making the arrest. Ask for the reason of your arrest and which station they are taking you to.
3. Ensure you tell a relative/friend about your destination. If you are with a friend when arrested, ask that they
accompany you, if possible.
4. Do not make statements or answer questions under duress, better to be silent until you have a witness or your lawyer.
5. Know your rights and stay within the law. Do not become aggressive. Stay calm and seek help from relatives and friends.

1. Avoid routines and have emergency plans. Always identify alternative routes.
2. Keep your mobile phone with you. Ensure it is adequately charged. Carry two sim-cards from different networks, in case one network experiences interruptions.
3. Be aware of your surroundings. Know the location of the closest police station. Identify popular landmarks for easy description.
4. Always carry valid means of identification. Driver’s license, permanent voter’s card (PVC), national identity card, international passport, etc.
5. Always have at least, N50 airtime on your phone for emergency calls/SMS.

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