Nigerian Army Disagrees With President Buhari On “Shoot On Sight” Order

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The Nigerian Army has disagreed with the order given by President Muhammadu Buhari to shoot on sight ballot box snatchers during the 2019 general elections.

President Buhari, during the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus meeting in Abuja on Monday, following the postponement of February 16 elections by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has talked tough against any one trying to disrupt the general elections, especially ballot box snatchers.

The President said: “I really gave the military and police order to be ruthless… Anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch ballot boxes or disturbs the voting system, will do so at the expense of his own life.”

While many have condemned the President’s statement, the Nigerian Army, in a press release, stated that the ruthless dealing with ballot box snatchers and others who try to disrupt the elections will be in accordance with the law.

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Credible intelligence available to HQ 6 Div NA has uncovered an unholy plan by some political actors within its AOR to arm and sponsor miscreants in addition to using military-like fatigue dress for deception to cause pandemonium at polling stations for their political gain.

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.

We 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.

To this end, the GOC 6 Division and Land Component Commander (LCC) OPDS Maj Gen Jamil Sarham wish to reassure the good people of Niger Delta of providing adequate security in conjunction with other security agencies before, during and after the 2019 General Elections.

He also thanks the good citizens of the Niger Delta for their cooperation and assistance so far rendered to the Division particularly in the area of information dissemination and urge them to do more.

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