- The Nigerian Army denies the alleged involvement of its men in the violence that erupted in some states during the governorship election
- The Army accuses some politicians of recruiting and arming some thugs to disrupt the process in the affected states
- The security organisation also cautions foreign interests to be mindful of the level of interference in Nigeria's internal issues
The Nigerian Army on Monday, March 11, denied any involvement in the tension and violence that took place in some states of the federation during the governorship election held on Saturday, March 9.
The Nigerian Army accused some unnamed politicians of recruiting thugs, arming and sponsoring them to engage in ballot snatching and scuttling of election processes in the affected states.
The United Kingdom had reportedly criticised the alleged interference of the soldiers in the election.
The security body, in a statement released by its spokesperson, Col Sagir Musa, further cautioned international bodies and interests to be mindful of how they interfere in what are, ordinarily, the internal issues in Nigeria.
Read the full statement obtained by Legit.ng below:
RE: UK EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN RIVERS POLL
The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to a publication by an online medium that reported accusation against the NA of interference in the Rivers state elections.
The NA wishes to state that the statement is totally baseless, untrue and therefore capable of misleading unsuspected members of the public, especially when there is no credible record of such involvement anywhere in Nigeria before, during and after the 2019 elections.
The NA, as a responsible organisation, wishes to debunk such misrepresentation in order to set the record straight. Similarly, it is on record that the NA has been globally applauded by many individuals, foreign and local elections observers for its sacrifices/roles in creating an enabling environment for a secure, transparent and peaceful conduct of the elections.
The NA has also drawn the attention of the public to mischievous activities of some selfish individuals who recruited thugs dressed in military uniform and armed to harass and intimidate their opponents. In some cases, as reported, and as indicated in various intelligence reports, - hoodlums dressed in military fatigue snatched ballot boxes and other electoral materials. Some INEC staff were reportedly abducted.
The NA, for the umpteenth time, reiterate that it will remain apolitical, neutral and professional in the conduct of the 2019 general election and in all its assigned roles across the nation in line with the directive of the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai.
The NA has made it clear that its only interest and role in the entire electioneering processes is purely to assist civil authority and the Nigerian Police to have a secure and peaceful conduct of the elections.
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Foreign interests are therefore enjoined to be mindful of interfering in our national internal affairs especially when there is no credible evidence. Any allegation against the NA must be confirmed from appropriate quarters before jumping to conclusions.
Members of the public are further assured of the determination of the NA to objectively carry out its constitutional duties irrespective of the baseless accusations especially from those who felt it has denied them freedom to illegally and selfishly subvert the choice of Nigerians.
As a noble institution, the NA, hereby, reassure members of the public of its determination to deal with any of its personnel whose actions fall foul of the law.
Legit.ng earlier reported that following allegations of misconduct against some soldiers in the recent presidential and National Assembly elections, the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, March 6, launched a probe into the allegations of unprofessional conduct against its personnel.
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