- The SDP's national chairman, Chief Supo Shonibare, has warned security agencies not to obey President Buhari's order to shoot ballot box snatchers
- Shonibare said the security personnel would be left alone to bear the brunt of extra-judicial killing cases against them as Buhari will be voted out on Saturday, February 23
- The party chairman said any security personnel who obeys the order will be responsible for shooting someone who was not taken to court
Security agencies in the country have been warned by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) not to obey President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to shoot ballot box snatchers; stating that the directive was contrary to Nigeria's extant law.
The warning was given by the SDP's national chairman, Chief Supo Shonibare, during a chat with newsmen after the extraordinary meeting of the party's National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja, Independent reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Shonibare said the security personnel would be left alone to bear the brunt of extra-judicial killing cases that would be preferred against them, as Buhari won't be available to defend them because he would be voted out in the forthcoming presidential election.
He said when the security personnel are charged with the crime, the president would even deny them.
He said: “Let me advice the security men that they should not obey the president’s order that they shoot at any ballot box snatchers because they are no such laws yet in our constitution.
“Our constitution says anyone accused of malfeasance is innocent until proven guilty. Any security personnel who does an illegal act is on his own. He will be responsible for shooting someone who was not taken to court.
“They should know that the executive is an arm of government and not a government on its own. So if they kill people because of the president’s order, they will be made to bear the brunt of their actions themselves.
"The president, who would be leaving power by May 29, after he’s voted out in Saturday’s election will not be there to defend them, that is what they must know."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army on Monday, February 18, said it will obey President Muhammadu Buhari's controversial order to deal ruthlessly with anyone attempting to snatch election ballot boxes and disrupt the 2019 polls.
President Buhari's order caused a stir among the masses on Monday evening, with several persons accusing the president of encouraging extrajudicial killings by the Army.
However, the Nigerian Army, while reacting to the president's controversial statement, said it will do exactly as ordered by Buhari.
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