Amidst fears of security threats in the upcoming polls, the Nigerian Army said it has uncovered plots by some politicians to deploy fake soldiers to disrupt the 2019 general elections in some unmentioned Niger Delta states.
A statement signed by Col. Aminu Iliyasu, spokesman of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, revealed the “unholy plan” by some political actors within the division’s area of responsibility to arm and sponsor miscreants.
He disclosed that thugs believed to be working for some politicians had been armed to the teeth to disrupt the Feb. 23 and March 9 elections in addition to using military-like fatigue dress for deception to cause pandemonium at polling stations for political gains.
The army spokesman said “While covert efforts are on-going to track the source of the weapons and the agents involved in conjunction with sister security agencies, authorities of 6 Division NA wish to unequivocally state that anyone found to be disrupting the electoral process under any guise will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the laws no matter how highly placed he or she is.”
Iliyasu, however, assures that a covert operation with sister security agencies has already been launched to track the thugs as well as locate the source of their weapons.
“The division wishes to unequivocally state that anyone found to be disrupting the electoral process under any guise will be decisively dealt with.
“Such individuals will be dealt with in accordance with the laws no matter how highly placed he or she may be. “
The General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, wishes to reassure the people of Niger Delta of adequate security in conjunction with other security agencies before, during and after the elections,” he stated.
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