*Issues Advisory on Coverage
From Ngozi Omaha, Awka
Just 24 hours to the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6, 2021, the International Press Centre (IPC) Lagos-Nigeria, has announced the establishment of a Special Journalists’ Safety Monitoring & Alert Desk for Journalists and other media professionals covering the poll.
IPC Executive Director, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, said the special alert desk would operate from Friday November 5 to Sunday November 7 to cover the immediate pre-election, the election and the immediate post-election periods.
According to him,”Journalists have been molested by security agents and political thugs during previous elections despite accreditation by INEC and nothing can be taken for granted.
The special alert desk will monitor and document the situation of journalists and other media professionals and send out immediate alerts if they encounter problems.
Journalists and other media professionals on ground were therefore advised to reach the special alert desk should the need arise as follows:
+234 802 362 6281
+234 806 381 0424
+234 813 277 6441
+234 0811 450 3887
Facebook: IPC Nigeria.
IPC also advises journalists and other media professionals covering the elections to avail themselves of the services of the ANAMBRA GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION SECURITY MONITORING ROOM estblished by the Cleen Foundation.
In case of any emergency or distress, they can call the situation room numbers:
The Anambra State Council of the NUJ can also be reached on:
In the alternative they can reach the following senior police officers as provided by the situation room:
Ag. DIG ZAKI M. AHMED (OPERATIONS)
AIG DASUKI D. GALADANCHI,mni (CTU)
AIG ABANG B. JOHN (PMF)
AIG MURI UMAR MUSA (ZONE 13)
CP ECHENG ECHENG
(ANAMBRA COMMAND CP)
CONTROL ROOM NUMBER
Complaints about police actions can also be directed to:
IPC also charges journalists covering the election to abide with the provisions of the Nigerian Media Code of Election Coverage requiring adherence to the ethical and professional standards of factual accuracy, discipline of verification, avoidance of disinformation and misinformation, avoidance of hate speech and conflict sensitivity.
They should equally abide with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) and refrain from publishing results that are not approved by INEC.
IPC particularly enjoins journalists on the ground to:
• Always have on them INEC’s accreditation card and organisational identity card
• Refrain from going out if not accredited by INEC
• Constantly inform colleagues or editors and family about location and challenges
• Be familiar with the polling units in advance, and identify exit points in case of emergency
• Wear appropriate PPE
• Back up documents in a secure storage
• Draw up a plan B in case of loss of internet and devices and other crisis situations
• Memorise an emergency number in case of loss of phone.
• Have an emergency phone enabled with SOS apps, so numbers can be contacted on speed dial.
• Avoid confrontations with the police or individuals
• Avoid moving alone, but in groups
The statement was signed by Olutoyin Ayoade,
Communications Officer, IPC