• Buratai inaugurates security situation monitoring room
The Nigeria Army yesterday warned officers against patronisisng polling units, fraternising with political parties and escorting politicians during the elections, saying offenders will be sanctioned.
General Officer Commanding (GOC), Six Division and Land Component Commander, Major General Jamil Sarham, said this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State during a media briefing to herald the 2019 elections.
Sarham also warned sponsored miscreants who are planning to use military camouflage like fatigue dress to disguise as troops of the Nigeria Army to perpetrate unwholesome practices at polling centres to have a rethink, as no soldier would be seen in voting areas.
“Anyone seen in military uniform in polling units is an imposter and should be treated as such,” he said, adding that anyone with useful information about any security breaches should call 09027771482.
Army Spokesman, Aminu Iliyasu, said the exercise was aimed at sensitising and reassuring members of the public of the military and other agencies resolve to eliminate all forms of criminality and ensure a conducive atmosphere for the conduct of the polls.
In a related development, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai yesterday inaugurated the Nigerian Army Situation Room for monitoring the security situation in the country during and after the elections.
The Monitoring Centre located at the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command at AHQ, would monitor flashpoints, violent-prone areas and activities of hoodlums who may want to cause crisis or confrontation and put the lives of innocent persons and properties at risk.
Also, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) warned against votes buying ahead of Saturday’s presidential elections.
It promised to reward any Nigerian with useful information leading to the arrest of culprits, saying the reward is in accordance with Federal Government’s Whistle Blowing policy.
Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, in a statement Acting Head, Media & Publicity, Tony Orilade, cautioned against voters inducement, saying the full weight of the laws would be invoked against perpetrators and receivers of illicit funds to undermine the elections and national security.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has also warned it officers to avoid any unwholesome practices that could threaten peaceful and credible elections in the country.
The commission also warned officers not to identify with any political party or interests outside the performance of their assigned roles by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the warning in Calabar, Cross River State, at a two-day capacity building programme on election duties for FRSC staff members.