The European Union has submitted a damning report on the 2019 elections indicting several agencies and groups. Now, the Nigerian Army which has probed aspects of activities of their men especially in Rivers State has come out to clear itself.
The Nigerian Army has absolved its personnel from allegations of misconduct during Operation SAFE CONDUCT 2019. A committee set up by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai to investigate the allegationsof unprofessional conduct leveled against the Nigerian Army personnel during the 2019 general elections interacted with stakeholders including Governors of Bayelsa and Rivers States, among others.
The Committee analyzed and reviewed the petitions received against Nigerian Army personnel from various stakeholders and found that most of the allegations were untrue, baseless and unsubstantiated claims. It was also found out that the allegations of alleged assassination attempt, soldiers unilaterally imposed curfew, abducted and illegally detained INEC staff and diverted INEC materials to Nembe-Basambiri was misrepresented.
The Committee received submissions from some individuals in the state which revealed that painting Nigerian Army as the aggressor during the elections was a deliberate attempt by some individuals to tarnish the Nigerian Army’s image.
However, the unprofessional conduct of some personnel was still under investigation and appropriate sanctions will be meted on the offenders according to military law, if found guilty.
It is also pertinent to inform the public that steps are underway for the gradual administrative redeployment of personnel in 6 Division to douse the observation by some individuals that troops have overstayed especially in Abonnema community.
(Source: Col Sagir Musa, Acting Director Army Public Relations, 17 June 2019)