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Keep off elections, court tells military



Once again, another court of law has declared that the deployment of soldiers to maintain security and order during elections is unlawful and unconstitutional.

Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday made the declaration in a judgment delivered in a suit filed by a member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Buba’s pronouncement was the third of such declaration, after the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal had, on February 16, made a similar pronouncement while ruling on the appeal against the  judgment of the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which upheld Governor Ayodele Fayose’s victory.

Buba on his part reiterated that the deployment of soldiers for elections was a contravention of Section 217(2)(c) of the Constitution and section 1 of the Armed Forces Act.

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