Army to investigate election misconduct by its Personnel

Nokai Origin, Abuja

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Chief of Army staff, General Buratai

The Nigerian Army has set up a committee to investigate allegations of misconduct during the 2019 general elections.

This the army said is a way of ensuring that the troops deployed for election security duties during the 2019 General Elections conducted themselves within laid down Rules of Engagement and the Code of Conduct.

According to a statement by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, a 9-member investigative committee headed by Major General T. A. Gagariga will have the following as members: Brig Gen JM Ali, Brig Gen GO Adeshina, Brig Gen MA Obari, Col AT Bitiyong, Col A Tanko, Col WA Bakare and Lt Col PAJ Ebuk as Secretary.

The committee is to submit its report not later than 31st of March, 2019. The committee has already commenced work, following its inauguration by the Chief of Administration (Army), Major General KAY Isiyaku on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

Terms of Reference

The committee has been admonished to carry out their duties objectively, fairly and transparently in line with its terms of reference which are centred on thorough investigation of the activities, actions and/or inactions of Nigerian Army Personnel in all the States that alleged one infraction/wrong doing or the other.

The Committee will also collate and thoroughly analyze all reports to determine the veracity of the allegations including the alleged assassination attempt on Rivers State Governor and the circumstances that led to the shooting to death of Lt Kurmi as well as that leading to serious injuries to an officer and some soldiers in the State.

The committee is further mandated to visit all States where issues have been raised about the conduct of the Nigerian Army during and after the elections and also interact with Civil Society Organizations, sister security agencies and State Governors with claims against the Army.

It would be recalled that the COAS, Lt Gen TY Buratai has on many fora, consistently indicated that under his watch, NA personnel must remain apolitical, respect human rights and abide by the rule of law in all its official engagements within or outside Nigeria and in or out of conflict situation.

NA troops were deployed for the elections under Operation SAFE CONDUCT that was set up to provide support to the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to ensure hitch free and successful elections in the country.

The Chairman of the committee, Major General TA Gagariga has assured the COAS and all Nigerians of the committee’s commitment, resolve and determination to objectively and professionally address the major issues as contained in the Committee’s Terms of Reference.