Election Security: Army Deploy Troops To Ogun State

The 81 Division of the Nigerian Army (NA) has deployed troops in Lagos and Ogun states metropolis to compliment the efforts of the Nigerian Police for Security during 2023 Presidential Elections slated for 25 February 2023.

A Statement by the Acting Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, eighty one division, Nigerian Army, urges the general not be perturbed by the military presence, but should be free to carry out their civic responsibility without fear as the troops are deployed to ensure their safety, the safety of INEC staff, ensure security of ballot materials and to serve as deterrence to unscrupulous elements who could have any negative intention of breaking law and order during the polls.

In compliance with the Chief Of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya’s directives, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division NA, Maj Gen OC Ajunwa, while addressing the troops before deployment, admonished them to be very professional, cautious, respect Fundamental Human Rights and remain apolitical.

The GOC further encouraged troops to always remember the contents of the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement for Nigerian Army Personnel during the elections and strictly warned that any personnel who might want to act otherwise and engage in activities that could embarrass or bring the name of the Nigerian Army to disrepute will be strictly sanctioned according to the provision of the Armed Forces Act.

Gen Ajunwa also gave a very strong warning to compromised politicians and political hoodlums to desist from any form of election malpractices and violence as the Division will not condone any form of irresponsibility and lawlessness that will compromise the peace, Lagos and Ogun States enjoy.

The GOC however encouraged law abiding citizens to feel free to carry out their civic responsibility while assuring them of their safety during and after the elections.

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