- In a bid to deal with security challenges during the forthcoming 2019 general elections, the Nigerian Army will commence Exercise Python Dance in all parts of the country
- Buratai says criminal elements may intend to perpetrate large-scale violence before, during and after the 2019 general elections
- According to the Army chief, the exercise will last from January 1 to February 28, 2019
The Nigerian Army has said it will commence Exercise Eke 111, otherwise known as Python Dance, in all parts of Nigeria to deal with security challenges during the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
The disclosure was made on Friday, December, 28, by the chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, at a flag-off ceremony in Maiduguri, Borno state, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the army chief stated that the exercise would last from January 1, 2019 to February 28, which effectively covers the period of the 2019 elections.
He said: “The exercise was necessitated by the challenges coupled with other security threats across the country such as terrorism, militancy, kidnapping and banditry.
“These threats portend that dissident groups and criminal elements could cash in on the situation to perpetrate large-scale violence before, during and after the 2019 General Elections.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, advised all officers to remain apolitical and remain so during the 2019 general elections “to avoid grave consequences”.
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Buratai who gave the advice on Wednesday, December 12, at the opening of “Commander Corps of Engineers Fourth Quarter 2018 Conference” said that officers of the army must remain apolitical, conform to the democratic values and be loyal to constituted authorities.
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