- The Nigerian Army arrested four fake soldiers in Imo state
- Two of the soldiers were reportedly arrested while escorting a politician
- The Army and the police in the state warned desperate politicians to desist from arming hoodlums to cause violence
The Nigerian Army alongside the police in Imo state has arrested four fake soldiers whose job is to escort politicians ahead of the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections.
According to Daily Trust, Imo state police commissioner, Dasuki Galadanchi, paraded the suspects in Owerri before governorship candidates in the state signed peace pact today, Tuesday, February 12.
Galadanchi expressed worry at the development, warning that such infiltrators will be arrested no matter how they disguised themselves.
The police boss urged all the politicians in the state to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the elections and shun all forms of violence.
He said the state has witnessed relative peace when compared to other states in the federation, a development he attributed to the “cooperation and support of the people of the state.”
His words: “You will agree with me that this hard-earned peace and tranquillity we enjoy and experience in Imo state should be guarded jealously; thus, we have no other option than to ensure this endures before, during and after the elections.”
The commander, 34 Artillery Brigade Obinze, Brigadier General H. I Bature, warned perpetrators of such acts that even if there are two among hundreds of soldiers, the army know how to identify their own.
He said the military will be more alert during the election as fake soldiers have infiltrated the state to cause chaos during the general elections.
Bature stated that desperate politicians have equipped hoodlums with Army uniforms and weapons to perpetrate violence in the state, warning that all those involved in the ignoble act will be fished out and dealt with.
He said two of the paraded fake soldiers were arrested escorting a politician, stressing that the kind of ammunition at their disposal was unimaginable.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Department of State Services (DSS) urged all stakeholders, politicians, security operatives and others to be law abiding and observe the rules of engagement in the forthcoming general elections.
In a statement obtained by PR Nigeria and signed by Peter Afunanya, DSS public relations officer, politicians and the youth are expected to shun all acts of violence.
The service also stated that it will professionally discharge its statutory mandate to detect and prevent threats and crimes against the internal security in the country.
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