- The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, said there would be no military escorts for politicians especially retired military during the elections
- Buratai also directed commanders to ensure the restrictions of movement within their commands
- The Army chief warned that any officer who has any doubt as to his or her loyalty to the Nigerian state has until Thursday, February 22 to resign
The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, on Wednesday, February 20, met with principal staff officers, General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and commanders ahead of the rescheduled elections coming up on Saturday, February 23.
Addressing the senior officers, Buratai said that there would be no military escorts for politicians especially retired military during the general elections.
Channels TV reports that he directed commanders to ensure the restrictions of movement within their commands and also carry out a stop and search and hand over anyone found culpable to the police.
Buratai said the Nigerian Army is taking a proactive approach to stop election crimes such as ballot box snatching and violence.
He further directed commanders to deal decisively with anyone caught doing anything that will be inimical to the success of the election.
Buratai, however, reportedly warned that any officer who has any doubt as to his or her loyalty to the Nigerian state has until Thursday, February 22 to resign.
Meanwhile, details of President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with Nigeria’s security chiefs, Tuesday, February 19, had emerged as the latter briefed newsmen, saying they will not allow the forthcoming elections in the country to be disrupted.
President Buhari’s meeting with the security chiefs’ meeting at the Presidential Villa that lasted for over an hour. Members of the council include; the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno; minister of defence, Mansur Dan- Ali; the chief of defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and Chief of Naval Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, the acting IGP said, following the postponement of the 2019 elections, they had resolved to further provide adequate security within the country.
He said:“Today, members of the security community and intelligence community came and briefed Mr President on the security situation in the country. We deliberated on the consequences and came up with the resolve to further provide adequate security within the country so that the electorate will come out and cast their votes without any fear of molestation.
“Every Nigerian is encouraged to come out on the election day and cast his or her vote without any fear of molestation. The security personnel are ready and prepared to protect everybody. Anybody that feels that he can come out and disrupt the process should have a rethink because that situation will not be allowed. If you plan and allow yourself to be used as touts, whatever happens to you, you will take it."
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