Nigeria Election, Voting process: 8 safety signs that tell you it is time to ensure your safety

Nigeria vote, Nigeria General election,  vote Mohammed BuhariIt is no more news that there are speculations that there is likely to be violence during and immediately after the voting exercises schedule for March 28th and April 11, 2015 respectively. This has even prompted the IG of Police to direct that voters must leave their polling stations immediately after casting their ballots. This directive is still being debated. However, my concern is more about what individuals must do to ensure their personal safety. In First Aid, individuals are taught to always ensure their safety by being aware of possible hazards or dangers that may cause harm to them. This informed the principle of DR ABC when trying to provide first aid to those who are in a life threatening situation. The “D” in the above abbreviation stands for Danger. It encourages the First Aid provider to watch out for hazards that could harm him and ensure they are eliminated before he is able to provide help to a casualty.

Applying this principle to the voting period and because of speculations about likely violence, this article aims to raise awareness of readers about situations that should make individuals suspect that violence is imminent and therefore, it will be time to leave such an environment. The following are some hazardous signs that should make you suspicious of your environment during this voting exercise:
• People being rowdy and running;
• When you see some individuals carrying dangerous objects like sticks, broken bottles, knives etc.;
• When you see burn fires;
• Suspicious road blocks;
• People walking and raising their hands up and holding tree leaves;
• When you see vehicles flashing their full headlights;
• People fighting;
• Heated arguments resulting into pushing, shoving and pointing of fingers at each other’s face;

I would like to conclude by quoting an advise by Mr. Benjamin Aghoro, an experienced Red Cross First Aid provider. He said: “Be vigilant, use your observation senses, try to identify, at least, try to recognize some persons before you, beside you, and behind you, on the line, during accreditation and voting. Don’t and don’t accept any parcels or bag for keeps, from people you don’t know, observed vehicles packed for a long time around polling booths. If you come across suspicious items that could be a bomb or, IED’s, Don’t touch, Don’t kick, Don’t poke. Do not use phone near to the suspicious item to call emergency. If item is found in an enclosure, open all windows and doors. Dos: Know the Lagos state emergency response Nos 767/112. Inform security Personnel assigned to the voting center, don’t waste time before you leave the arena, stand within a safe distance from the booth!!!”

Written by Desire Obanefe

Desire Obanefe

Desire Egbaoghene Obanefe is a passionate Occupational Safety and Health practitioner, a very experienced First Aid and Emergency Response and Preparedness Instructor, a Public Relations Professional, a Skilled Writer, Professional Administrator with a wealth of experience.

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About Desire Obanefe

Desire Egbaoghene Obanefe is a passionate Occupational Safety and Health practitioner, a very experienced First Aid and Emergency Response and Preparedness Instructor, a Public Relations Professional, a Skilled Writer, Professional Administrator with a wealth of experience.

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