Rivers polls: INEC, Police betrayed us,says Nigerian Army

Rivers polls: INEC, Police betrayed us,says Nigerian Army

ABUJA – THE Nigerian Army has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of betrayal, following its report on the suspended Rivers governorship and State Assembly elections, regretting that the body it sacrificed so much to assist towards a very successful conduct of election turned its back against it. Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur

ABUJA – THE Nigerian Army has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC of betrayal, following its report on the suspended Rivers governorship and State Assembly elections, regretting that the body it sacrificed so much to assist towards a very successful conduct of election turned its back against it.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burtai (L), inspecting Guard of Honour, during the inauguration of the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company (NAVMC)
The army also expressed disappointment over the action of the Nigeria Police regarding the issue, asking the latter to “commence full scale investigation of those security aides to Governor Wike that attacked troops at the Obio/Akpor Local Government Headquarters Collation Center and shot at Capt AA Salami with a view to appropriately sanction those found responsible/culpable. Until that is done, Headquarters 6 Division NA will have to review all existing joint activities with the Rivers State Police Command.”
The Division is equally disappointed with the attitude exhibited by the Nigerian Police in this regard and hereby request the police leadership to commence full scale investigation of those security aides to Governor Wike that attacked troops at the Obio/Akpor LG Headquarters Collation Center and shot at Capt AA Salami with a view to appropriately sanction those found responsible/culpable. Until that is done, Headquarters 6 Division NA will have to review all existing joint activities with the Rivers State Police Command.”
The 6 Division of the Nigerian Army,in a statement by its spokesman,Colonel Aminu Iliyasu,a Deputy Director ,Army Public Relations, said the Festus Okoye-led committee report, which accused it of undue interference in the election, lacked sincerity.
“It maintained that the INEC failed to look at the circumstances surrounding its intervention during the conduct of the exercise and more so when it made a presentation to the INEC fact-finding committee during its visit to the state.
“Regrettably, none of the Division’s input form any of the findings of INEC as made public. This clearly indicates lack of trust by an institution that the Nigerian Army sacrifices so much to assist in the course of performing their role,”the army insisted.

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