Army withdraw Military Escorts for politicians during elections

February 21, 2019
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The Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, has declared that there would be no military escorts for politicians, especially, retired military officers, during the general elections.

National Daily gathered that the Army Chief said this at a meeting with principal officers and commanders of the Nigerian Army where he directed Commanders to ensure the restriction of movement within their commands and also carry out a stop and search, instructing that anyone found culpable should be handed over to the police.

Buratai also said that the Army is taking a proactive approach to stop election crimes such as ballot box snatching and violence and further directed Commanders to deal decisively with anyone caught doing anything that will be inimical to the success of the election.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The President said he had ordered security agencies to prepare to crack down on potential trouble makers during the rescheduled elections.

Buratai, therefore, warned that should any officer have any doubt as to his or her loyalty to the Nigerian state such a person has until February 22, 2019, to resign.

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