2019 election: Nigerian Army begins probe of alleged interference by soldiers

2019 election: Nigerian Army begins probe of alleged interference by soldiers

- The Nigerian Army reportedly sets up a special committee to probe allegations against soldiers during the governorship election

- Some of the commanders are reportedly invited to answer questions concerning the roles played by soldiers in affected states

- It is also reported that the commanders in Rivers state will appear before the committee

The Nigerian Army has reportedly set up a probe panel to investigate allegations that its men played roles in the violence that was experienced in some states during the governorship election.

Legit.ng reports that Bayelsa, Rivers, and Adamawa reportedly experienced tension during the election.

Daily Sun quotes sources at the army headquarters in Abuja as revealing that that some general officers commanding (GOCs), commanders and commanding officers might be asked to give explanation of what happened in their areas of postings.

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The report said the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, set up the special committee, headed by Major-General Gagariga.

The committee is reportedly to investigate the conduct of Army personnel during the elections.

It is also expected to visit the areas of the country where the soldiers were alleged to have interfered in the election.

It added that the Army authorities had, through a letter from the office of the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), summoned commanders of the affected units and that some of them in the north east have reported and are currently undergoing interrogation.

The report added that commanders from some Niger Delta states, like Delta and Akwa Ibom, have reported to the army headquarters.

The commanders from Rivers state, where the major crisis took place, are expected on Tuesday, March 12..

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Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian Army refuted the allegation that it was its men perpetrating series of killings during the ongoing governorship and House of Assembly election across the country.

In a statement released by the force in a counter reaction to the reports of its alleged politicization, the Nigerian Army acting director of pubic relation Colonel Sagir Musa, said the growing insinuation that the force was responsible for killing during polls was not true.

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