2019 Elections: Army Absolves Personnel of Wrong Doing
The Nigerian Army has absolved its personnel from allegations of misconduct during Operation SAFE CONDUCT 2019. A committee set up by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai to investigate the allegationsof unprofessional conduct leveled against the Nigerian Army personnel during the 2019 general elections interacted with stakeholders including Governors of Bayelsa and Rivers States, among others.
The Committee analyzed and reviewed the petitions received against Nigerian Army personnel from various stakeholders and found that most of the allegations were untrue, baseless and unsubstantiated claims. It was also found out that the allegations of alleged assassination attempt, soldiers unilaterally imposed curfew, abducted and illegally detained INEC staff and diverted INEC materials to Nembe-Basambiri was misrepresented.
The Committee received submissions from some individuals in the state which revealed that painting Nigerian Army as the aggressor during the elections was a deliberate attempt by some individuals to tarnish the Nigerian Army’s image.
However, the unprofessional conduct of some personnel was still under investigation and appropriate sanctions will be meted on the offenders according to military law, if found guilty.
It is also pertinent to inform the public that steps are underway for the gradual administrative redeployment of personnel in 6 Division to douse the observation by some individuals that troops have overstayed especially in Abonnema community.
Acting Director Army Public Relations
London Security Think-Tank Honours Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has delivered a lecture entitled – “Nigeria Unique Counter Insurgency – A Working Counter-Terrorism Model For Replication in Africa” at the first ever Global Abti-terrorism and Counter-terrorism Conference and Workshop at the university Square. Stratford, London, United Kingdom today the 17th of June 2019. He has been given two awards by the organizers of the Conference – the Anti-terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB) and Global Risk International United Kingdom.
The first award is – The Pave The Way Award for exceptional bravery and peace building in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region under Multinational Joint Task Force which are focal points of DAESH/ISIS.
The second award is – The Certified Master of Anti-terrorism Specialist Award. According to the organizers “Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai is the first African to get this award”.
The Chief of Civil-Military Affairs of the Nigerian Army, Major General US Mohammed represented the Chief of Army Staff and received the awards on his behalf.
Acting Director Arny Public Relations